ELSOM, Harold Edward

Known as: 
George
Rank: 
Troop Sergeant Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
CH/X 3109
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Tuesday, February 20, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
25
Company Sergeant Major Harold Elsom, 'P' Troop, was gravely wounded during operations in the Waspik sector of the Maas River front. His Commando had 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 at the RAF Hospital in Wroughton, Wiltshire.
 
In March 1944 it was announced in Gazettes that he had received a Mention in Despatches whilst in the rank of Corporal (Temporary) (Acting Temporary Colour Sergeant) for "distinguished services in Sicily."​ 
 
Sources
CWGC.
London Gazette 36454, page 1557.
The book "They Did What Was Asked Of Them" author Raymond Mitchell.
Registers of Reports of Deaths - Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM 104/130.
 
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