ELLIOTT, Alfred John
Private Alfred Elliott, 3 Troop, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the Commando raid at St Nazaire on 28/29 March 1942. Embarking on board HMS Campbeltown he was taken prisoner after the raid and later imprisoned at Stalag 344 Lamsdorf* and Stalag 3A Luckenwalde**.
"Pte Elliott was in a small party protecting a demolition party on the Dry Docks. Whilst proceeding to the site of the demolitions, enemy was encountered who were firing from slit trenches. Pte Elliott showed great courage in engaging the enemy by hand grenade, eventually destroying them, and then making it possible for the demolition party to proceed to their task. Whilst these demolitions were being carried out Pte Elliott showed great determination in keeping the enemy off the area. Later in the street fighting he continued to display great courage."
London Gazette 37162, page 3493.
National Archives file WO373/46/286.
*Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/1.
**St Nazaire Society 75th anniverary newsletter.
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