Born: 1888, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd September 1916; age 28; Died of Wounds to the thigh at Number 5 General Hospital, Rouen.
Residence: 16, Lady Lane, Chelmsford, Essex.
Enlistment Location: Romford, Essex; Date: 15th November 1915; Age 28 years & 2 months; Occupation: Printer’s Compositor – Mr John Dutton, Tindal Street, Chelmsford. Next of Kin: father – William Elliston – 78, Camden Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 5 1/2 ins.
Date of Entry Therein: May 1916.
Wounded in Action – 15th September 1916 – in the thigh – operated on as treatment.
Rank: Corporal; Service Number: C/7540; Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 18th Battalion (Arts & Crafts Battalion).
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
St. Sever Cemetery,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Annie, of Ipswich; husband of Ada Jane Elliston, of 16, Lady Lane, Chelmsford, Essex.
William is also remembered on the Civic Centre Memorial, Chelmsford, and the Moulsham Parish Memorial, St John’s Church, Moulsham.
In May 1913 William was elected Honorary Secretary of the newly formed Chelmsford Printing & Allied Trades’ Athletic and Social Club.
On the 19th February 1916, at St. John’s Church, Moulsham, William married, Ada Jane Barker, born 10th July 1883, Witham, Essex.
On the 9th April 1917, William’s widow Ada Elliston received his personal effects:
Gold signature ring, wrist watch, cigarette case, pipe, mirror, platoon roll & linen bag.
King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 18th Battalion (Arts & Crafts Battalion):