Elliott, K A

  • Name on memorial: Elliott, K A
  • Memorial panel: Centre
  • Full name: Kenneth Albert Elliott
  • Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class
  • Service details: 1153598, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • Age at death: 20
  • Date of death: 05/07/1941
  • Birth place: Bristol
  • Parents: Albert Henry and Alice Beatrice Elliott, of Banbury
  • Mother's maiden name: Robbins
  • Parents' marriage details: Bristol Dec-15
  • Wife: unknown
  • Wife's maiden name: unknown
  • Marriage details: unknown
  • Additional information:
    K A Elliott died during the sinking of the HMT Anselm. The SS Anselm was a Booth Line passenger liner which was converted to a troop ship at the start of WW2. On the 5th July 1941 while on passage between Gourock (Scotland) and Freetown (West Africa) she was torpedoed by U-96 some 300 miles off the Azores. The U-96 had fired a spread of torpedoes at the Armed Merchant Cruiser Cathy (P&O) and the surveying vessel HMS Challenger. All four torpedoes missed their targets and unfortunately two hit the Anselm. 94 crew, 3 gunners and 960 troops were rescued by the Cathy and the Challenger. The Anselm sank vertically in 22 minutes with the loss of 4 crew and around 250 troops, including 175 RAF personnel. Many of the victims would have died in the initial explosion.

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