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Private Harley Clifton Elsley



Date of birth: 1890-12-12
Place of birth: Nassagaweya Ontario Canada
Next of kin: Lavinia Emily Elsley (wife), 228 Avenue I North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Marital status: married
Occupation (attested): Merchant
Address: 228 Avenue I North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Gender: female
Religion: Methodist
Date of death: 1918-06-27
Cause of death: Killed in action
Buried: Halifax Memorial, Panel 2.


Regimental number: 523897
Highest Rank: Private
Rank detail

Private (Army).

Degree of service: Great Britain
Survived war: no
Battle wounded/killed: Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle torpedoed 114 miles south-west of the Fastnet Rock by U86
Commemoration location: Family plot at Ebeneezer United Church Cemetery, Nassagaweya, Ontario


LAC ID: 379039
Attestation record(s): image 1, image 2
Service file: B2895-S051
Uploader's Notes:

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.

Uploader's Research notes:

Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

[Private Army Canadian Army Medical Corps Llandovery Castle (Hospital Ship) ]


Date added: 2005-04-08
Last modified: 2015-11-14