1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Herbert Elkin

Contributed by: Diane elizabeth Wade, on 2008-11-22

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First Name Herbert
Surname Elkin
Year of Birth 1888
Year of Death 1963
Regiment Cheshire Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Macclesfield, Cheshire

Herbert's Story

Army Driver who drove the horse drawn amunition waggons to the front lines. Volunteered in April 1915.

My grandfather was wounded in France in july 1918. The saw action in the Balkans, Egypt, and Greece as well as France.

For seven hundred years from the time of the Crusades Jerusalem remained in the hands of the Moors until it was liberated by British Forces in 1917. Grandad sent my Dad and Auntie a cross from Jerusalem.

All his life my Grandfather kept photographs on his china cabinet of his brother Sidney and a photo of Sidney's grave at Salonica in Greece. As a child I found this rather macabre. Now I am older I realise my grandfather could never go back there to Greece to visit is brother's grave ever. He could never afford to.

Like millions of others at that time who brothers, husbands, sons and daughters lie in war graves all over the world.

" Peace Perfect Peace with Loves Ones Far Away."

This is the inscription on Sidney's war grave at Salonica.

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