James Harvey Elliot

Soldier Details:

Private Elliot’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.

Haltonville Memorial, photo by  R. Laughton

Elliot, James Harvey
Private, 9th Machine Gun Coy  #663366
October 30, 1917
Menin Gate Memorial
Originally with the 164th Battalion
Maple Leaf Legacy Project

Commemorative Details:

Private Elliot has no known grave. His name is inscribed on Panel 32 of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium and on the Haltonville Cenotaph.

Menin Gate Memorial, photo by CWGC

Menin Gate Inscription, photo by Sabine

Milton Soldiers on the Vimy / Menin Gate Memorial or name of local cemetery (Google Earth).

Soldier Summary:

Private James Harvey Elliot originally attested to the 164th Canadian Infantry Battalion on February 12, 1916, along with many other lads from the Milton area. He was the son of William and Christina Elliot of Campbellville (now Milton), Ontario.

The 164th was broken up to supply reinforcements to the units in the field and so Private Elliot went to the 2nd Canadian Reserve Battalion on April 23, 1917 and then to the 9th Machine Gun Company (3rd Division, 9th Brigade) on October 27, 1917. His time with the unit was short, as he was killed in action 3 days later on October 30, 1917.

The Nicholson Official History (page 319 – Chapter 10) reports that the 9th Coy CMG was in support of the attach on Passchendaele, in particular at the Bellevue spur at the Ravebeek swamp. The war diary reports that the 9th MG Coy was heavily shelled on October 30th with 1 officer and 8 others killed. A report on the 9th MG Coy operation is available in the War Diary Appendices. Passchendaele was finally captured on November 6, 1917.

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