b. 25/04/1916 Apiti, New Zealand. d. 10/07/1989 Wellington, New Zealand.
Elliott was born in Apiti, New Zealand. When he was 26 years old, and a Sergeant in the 22nd Battalion, 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the Second World War, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 15 July 1942 at Ruweisat, Western Desert, Egypt.
Sergeant Elliott, while leading his platoon in an attack under heavy machine-gun and mortar fire, was wounded in the chest. Nevertheless, he carried on and led his men in a bayonet charge which resulted in the capture of four enemy machine-gun posts and an anti-tank gun. Seven of the enemy were killed and 50 taken prisoner. In spite of his wounds Sergeant Elliott refused to leave his platoon until he had reformed them and handed over the prisoners, the number of which had by then increased to 130.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: QEII ARMY MEMORIAL MUSEUM, WAIOURU, NEW ZEALAND.
BURIAL PLACE: PARAPARAUMU CEMETERY, LOWER HUTT, WELLINGTON, NZ.
RETURNED SERVICEMEN'S LAWN SECTION
Investiture by Field Marshal Montgomery
Army Memorial Museum