Private 497279 Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derbys Regiment 9th Bn.
Enlisted: January 1940
Killed in Action 01 Jun 1940 : Aged 22
Dunkirk Town Cemetery - Plot 2, Row 14, Grave 9
Private Joseph Elliott is presented personal remembrance from our family album through my father Roy relating his uncle Joe.
Joseph Elliott was born in Huthwaite, the youngest of 3 brothers all raised at 78 Blackwell Road by my great grandparents from Pinxton. Mr William Henry Elliott married Miss Ellen Hickinbottom to first hold 1911 Pinxton marital address. His work as a coal miner soon after found regular employment at New Hucknall colliery, attracting them into their lifelong Huthwaite parental home, where Mrs Ellen Elliott mothered 3 healthy sons. Charles William was born 30th August 1911, to become my grandfather next door at 80 Blackwell Road, while 1939 census shows Ronald born 2nd March 1913, at home with Joseph born Q4 1917.
Joseph might well have followed his father and brothers working below ground aged from 13, but he was always fondly recalled being a friendly, intelligent young man more interested in earliest electrical technology. My Great Grandma proudly showed me her magical bakelite switches installed by her son Joe to give them instant electric lighting. Employment in the Huthwaite Lyric projection room led to him to become assistant projectionist at Kings Picture Palace in Kirkby when hearing the call for duty.
Private 497279 Joseph Elliott was called up for service January 1940. The 9th Battalion Notts and Derbys Regiment entered the European Theatre of War. Less than two months after landing in France, Pte J Elliott was killed by mortal wounding in action, to sadly claim unfortunate distinction recognising the first Huthwaite World War Two casualty.
News has been received of the death of Pte. Joseph Elliott, the first Huthwaite man to lose his life in the present war.
The official notification was received by his parents on Thursday. He was 22 years of age and a Huthwaite native, being the youngest of the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Elliott, of 78, Blackwell Road.
He was well known to Huthwaite residents as a former attendant at the Lyric Picture House, but at the time he joined the Army he was assistant operator at the Kings Picture Palace, Kirkby. He was called up in January, and had been in France about seven weeks. He was badly wounded by shrapnel on the 24th of May, news to this effect being brought home by his comrades on leave, and he died on June 1st. His chief hobby was wireless, in which he was greatly interested.