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Gordon Daubeney Gresley Elton DSO MC

31/12/1888 - 05/11/1917

Place of Birth:

Service Type:





Jullundur, Punjab, India


Royal Irish Fusiliers

2nd Battalion Princess Victoria




Gordon Daubeney Gresley Elton was born at Jullundur, Punjab India on the 31st of December 1888, the son of Colonel Alfred George Goodenough Elton, Connaught Rangers, and Rhoda (née Young) of Lenbury Wells Worcestershire.


He was educated at Shrewsbury House Preparatory School and Wellington College. After school, he went to R.M.C. Sandhurst.


He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 9th of November 1910 and promoted to Lieutenant on the 21st of October 1911.


When the war started, he was in India, but returned to the UK and served in France from December 1914.


He was awarded the Military Cross on the 14th of March, 1915, and the Distinguished Service Order on the 4th of June, 1917. He was severely wounded in 1915; he recovered and went to Gallipoli in the same year and was promoted Brigade Major and then Captain on the 1st of December 1915.


He was killed at Poelcappelle, during the Third Battle of Ypres, on the 5th of November, 1917 - aged 29 years.



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