Albert Elliott, chauffeur and bell-ringer

Albert was born in 1884, the only son of Albert (a shepherd at Witley Park) and Annie Elliott. One of his cousins, Charles also died in the war.  Albert junior became the chauffeur for Doctor Booker of Witley.  He married Alice Boxall in 1910; they lived at 56 Summers Road, Farncombe and had four children, Margaret Alice( 1911), Ernest (1913), Arthur (1915) and Kathleen Peace born in 1919 after Albert died.

 

Albert enlisted on 19th April 1915 as a driver in the mechanical transport section of the RASC and went to France in July that year.  Apart from spells of leave in England he remained in France.  In 1918 he was sent home to have an eye removed at Leeds Infirmary and after the operation was posted to 1st Reserve MT Depot located at Grove Park.  Unfortunately, a few days before he was due to be demobilised, Albert was killed in a motor cycle accident.  His cousin, Charles, joined the Queens, went to France in 1917 and died in June 1917.

 

Albert was a bell-ringer at All Saints’ Church, Witley and would ring the bells when home on leave. He was buried in All Saints’ churchyard, his coffin draped with the Union Flag and carried to the graveside by the bell-ringers who had rung a half-muffled peal as a mark of respect. Men from his unit also attended the service.  Alice died seven months after Albert and was buried next to him.  Albert was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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