1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Alfred William Elson

Contributed by: Michael E. Palmer, on 2008-11-09

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First Name Alfred William
Surname Elson
Year of Birth 1888
Year of Death 1958
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
Place of Wartime Residence Watford, Hertfordshire

Alfred William's Story

My Grandfather Alfred Elson, volunteered for the artillery & spent the duration on the "big guns". He once told me that every time he and the gun crew went on duty, they passed the body of at least one dead British soldier, even though they were quite far from the front line.

Grandfather was gassed twice during his period of service. He survived,according to his doctor, thanks to "a first class physical condition and good lungs".

My most prized momento of my Grandfather is an engraved gun shell. This was given to Grandfather by a Belgium soldier as a "thank you" for his war effort.

Grandfather was demobbed in 1919. He told me that just before he and his comrades were leaving for England, they passed a group of German prisoners. One shouted at my Grandfather "Give us 20 years Tommy - we'll be back", something my Grandfather never forgot.

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