Soldier Spotlight: Sergeant Andrew Elliot

Image: Notes from Andrew’s military service file (Library & Archives Canada)

Regimental Number: 466255
Rank: Sergeant
Branch: 63rd Battalion; 10th Battalion

Andrew was born in Dumfries, Scotland on April 28, 1885. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917; the citation reads as follows:

“On August 15, 1917, on Hill 70, this N.C.O. was in charge of a carrying party supplying the front line with S.A.A., bombs and water. While on this work the party were observed by an enemy airman and immediately afterward came under a heavy artillery file. By personal courage and good leadership, this N.C.O. took his party forward and delivered his load to the 7th Cdn. Inf. Battalion, which was greatly in need of same. He made a second trip although the party suffered several casualties, and again delivered his load.”

After the war Andrew filed on a homestead at 28-75-2-W6. He left the area in the late 1930s, and died on August 26, 1956.

Please note that the service file on LAC includes the papers of another soldier.

Source: Wagon Trails Grown Over, p. 21-22

Soldier Spotlight highlights veterans from the Archives’ online Soldiers’ Memorial. Each week, our volunteers select a remarkable individual to showcase in this blog series. The Soldiers’ Memorial commemorates more than 1,100 WWI veterans and 2,300 WWII veterans from our region. Three dedicated volunteers have contributed over 1,200 hours to this project by researching and writing biographies. Our goal is to have all South Peace soldiers acknowledged for their service. If you know of someone who lived in the South Peace and should be listed on the Memorial, or would like to get involved by researching a local veteran, please contact the Archives.

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