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Regimental number1685
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address'The Leap', Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Joseph Elliott Snr, 'The Leap', Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Field Ambulance, 4th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 1 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as stretcher-bearer attached to 21 Battalion (Mouquet Farm).
Recommendation date: 4 September 1916

Bar to Military Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion in charge of a bearer squad during operations near Bullecourt.
Recommendation date: 12 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Farleigh Mill & District Roll of Honor, Mackay, Queensland. Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations on 3rd May 1917 near BULLECOURT. They [9044 M.J. McAULIFFE, 1685 J ELLIOTT, 8429 J.V. PETTERSON, 9083 (Lt) P. TAYLOR] were each in charge of bearer squads which worked continuously from 4.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. without relief between Railway Embankment and Advanced Collecting Station C.10.c., being under heavy shell fire the whole time. In spite of numerous casualties amongst the bearers these men continued with their duties showing remarkable courage and endurance throughout their tour of duty. The example of coolness and pluck displayed by these men had a most inspiring effect upon the remainder of their parties, who, following their lead, exhibited great zeal in clearing the area of wounded men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death30 October 1965

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