ELSOM, Harold Edward
Troop Sergeant Major
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Tuesday, February 20, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
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Company Sergeant Major Harold Elsom, 'P' Troop, was gravely wounded during operations in the Waspik sector of the Maas River front. His Commando had also been ordered to maintain forward positions on the small island of Kapelsche Veer which lies between the River Maas and the River Oudermaas. Whilst evacuating casualties from a patrol, several phosphorous grenades in equipment that he was picking up exploded. He was evacuated to the UK but succumbed to his wounds 9 days later.
In March 1944 it was announced in Gazettes that he had received a MiD whilst in the rank of Corporal (Temporary) (Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant) for "distinguished services in Sicily."
London Gazettes Supp. 36454, page 1557.
The book "They Did What Was Asked Of Them" author Raymond Mitchell.
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