Marine David Elliot

Marine David Mons Louvain Elliot, Royal Marines. He died whilst a Prisoner of War of the Japanese in Thailand on 29th June 1943, aged 28. He was the son of Robert and Helen Elliot and the husband of Dorothy Jean Elliot and is buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand having worked on the notorious Burm Siam Railway at Tasao No.1 Camp.  He had served aboard H.M.S. “Repulse” a Battlecruiser dating from World War one, when she and H.M.S. “Prince of Wales” were sunk off the coast of Malaya on 10th December 1941 with the loss of 504 crew. The ships which were part of “Force Z” had been trying to prevent Japanese amphibious landings on Malaya but were caught without any air cover by an overwhelming force of Japanese torpedo bombers. Before enlisting he had been employed as a gardener by Lord Home at the Hirsel, Coldstream. His Headstone is inscribed ” The Father Giveth Them Light And They shall Reign For Ever”.

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