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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 22989 Alec William Elcock

  • Age: 25
  • From: Oswestry
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Sunday 22nd October 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

Alec William Elcock was born on the 10th April, 1891 Oswestry, Salop and resided in Droylsden, Manchester.  He was baptised on the 2nd May, 1891 at Hengoed. He was the son of Mrs. Sarah Elcock, of 2 Birch St, Droylsden, Manchester and the late William Alcock. (His father was a signalman on GWR). Prior to the war Alec had been an Upholsterer. 

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 27 Gate Street Oswestry. His mother Sarah is a widow aged 50, born  in Chester in 1861. She has six children living with her. The 1901 Census showed a further three children who had left the house, Arthur John, born 1882, occupation Bricklayers Labourer, Herbert Sydney, born 1886  who was a Railway Porter and Edwin James born 1888. The remaining children are George is aged 20 born 1891 and occupation is a Bricklayers Labourer, William is aged 18, born 1892, and is an Apprentice Upholsterer, Louise aged 13, born 1898 has no occupation, May aged 10, born 1901 is at school, Tom aged 8, born 1903 and Sarah aged 6, born 1905 are in the household.

He enlisted on the 10th November, in Liverpool and was aged 23 years and 7 months and gave his occupation as a Barman. He was five foot five inches tall, weighed 133 lbs, of sallow complexion, brown eyes., brown hair and gave his religion as Church of England.

07.07.15: Three days confined to barracks for not complying with an order.

07.11.15: Embarked to France with his Battalion.

He was serving in the 20th Battalion (No 4 Company), The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 22989 when he was killed in action on the 22nd October 1916 aged 25 during the Battle of the Transloy Ridges which was part of the ongoing Somme Offensive.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

He is also remembered on the War Memorial at St Oswald’s Church, Oswestry where his regiment is incorrectly given as the North Staffordshire. 

Baptismal records show Alec William was born in 1891 and the Census records hold the year 1892.

Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
Pte 51893 James Arnold
38 years old