CEF Soldier Detail

Private Harley Clifton Elsley
Died: June 27, 1918

Regimental Number:
523897
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Battalion:
Llandovery Castle (Hospital Ship)
Company:
Place of Birth:
Nassagaweya, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Lavinia Emily Elsley (wife), 228 Avenue I North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Address at Enlistment:
228 Avenue I North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Date of Birth:
December 12, 1890
Trade or Calling:
Merchant
Marital Status:
Married
Prior Military Experience:
Not Specified
Place of Enlistment:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of Enlistment:
March 23, 1916
Age at enlistment:
25
Height:
5 Feet 10 Inches
Chest:
38 1/2 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Methodist
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Great Britain    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle torpedoed 114 miles south-west of the Fastnet Rock by U86
Date of Death:
June 27, 1918
Age at Death:
27
Buried at:
Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia
Plot:
Panel 2.
Commemorated:
Family plot at Ebeneezer United Church Cemetery, Nassagaweya, Ontario
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Female
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box r2895 - 51
Research Notes

Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Army Medical Corps Llandovery Castle (Hospital Ship)

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Elsley of Nassagaweya, Ontario; Husband of Lavinia Cooper Elsley of 616 Albert Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


The Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, bound from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Liverpool, was torpedoed on June 27th, 1918, 114 miles south-west of the Fastnet Rock by U-86. Despite regulation Red Cross lights, the ship was deliberatly torpedoed and most survivors, including 14 Nursing Sisters, were machinegunned. The Llandovery Castle became the rallying cry for the Canadian troops during the Last 100 Days offensive.