Henry Grattan Elliott

Henry was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as an officer.  He was killed by a sniper during the Battle of Aisne; it is likely that he was involved in a British assault against a German position, or was holding a position, when he died on 20th September 1914, aged 33. He is buried at the Vailly British Cemetery, in the small town of Vailly-sur-Aisne. Henry was not recorded on West Buckland School’s Roll of Honour originally, when it was compiled by the Headmaster, E Harries in 1926. He therefore does not appear either on the plaques at the back of the School’s Memorial Hall. The reasons for his omission are unknown but the present Headmaster, Mr Vick and the School’s Archivist, Mr Coates, feel that it is appropriate that he is added in 2014 on the one hundredth anniversary of his death and the outbreak of World War One.

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