Sunday, 8 November 2009

Alister and William Elliot

Alister & William are sons of John and Marion Elliot of Glendhu, Assynt, who lived for many years at Glencoul, Assynt.

Alister Elliot
Lance Corporal Alister Elliot, born 11th November 1892 in Glencoul, served in 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, killed in action 12th April 1918 Neuve Eglise, Belgium, age 24.  Alister lived in Glasgow where he was an employee of the Bank of Scotland, having firstly worked in Bonar Bridge and then Invergarry. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

Corporal William Elliot, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders attached 2nd Entrenching Battalion, born 7th November 1891 Glencoul, died 29th March 1917 of Influenza. Formerly 5261 Lovat Scouts. The 2nd Entrenching Battalion was a holding unit for men returning to the trenches after being in hospital. William is buried on Longueness Souvenir Cemetery, St. Omer, France.

Willie's grave

Both boys are commemorated on the Scourie War Memorial and on a memorial on the Achfary Estate, Glencoul - photograph below.

this photograph by Peter Aikman
Willie and Alister had three other brothers, Matthew, John and James who all served in World War One.

Thank you to John Mackay for the photographs of Alister and William and the grave photograph.

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