William Alfred Elliott of Manton was called up in his forties on 24 June 1918, and joined the 18th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He was training at Herne Bay when he became ill and was treated in Minster and Dover Military Hospital where he died on 9 December 1918. We do not know whether it was from 'flu in the great epidemic which spread across the world at the time. He was 46 years old and left a widow, Harriet. Before going into the army William worked for Henry Finch of Manton. He is buried at Manton Cemetery and has a CWGC headstone. It can be seen as you enter the cemetery on the right hand side. The headstone was replaced in 2015 (see photographs below) an indication of how the CWGC ensures every soldier in its care is remembered in perpetuity. William is also remembered on the war memorial in the nearby church grounds.
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