- "He went overseas in Dec. 1939 with the West Nova Scotia Regiment. In Sept., 1940 he was transferred to the Medical Corps, going to Italy with the Field Ambulance of the 1st Canadian Division. He was in the invasion of Sicily and Italy and took in what he termed the Ortona Show, which, near as we could gather resulted in heavy casualties, making a busy time for the ambulance corps.
In March, 1944, he was transferred to one of the largest Canadian hospitals in Italy as Quarter Master. During his stay in Italy he met up with several lads from here...
Major Elliott left Italy on Feb. 27th and landed in Middleton Friday, March 23rd, with brief stays enroute in New York, Montreal, and Halifax. There were no undue delays, everything being done to make the trip speedy and comfortable.
Home for thirty days - a great change and a most welcome one, exclaimed Roy. After the thirty days he doesn't know what's next." (The Outlook, Middleton, Thursday, March 29, 1945).
(Note: Uncle Roy did not return to Europe. He also did not use the Major designation since he felt that he left Europe as a Captain and should stay at that rank.)
The Halifax Herald Limited, Monday, 22 July 2002 -
ELLIOTT, Roy Chipman - 92, Middleton, died July 21, 2002, in Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton. Born in Middleton, he was a son of the late Frank R. and Ella (Chipman) Elliott. He attended school in Middleton and Mount Allison University. He was a commercial traveler from 1934-1939. He was a veteran of the Second World War and joined the army in 1939 and spent three and one half years in England and one and a half years in Italy, obtaining the rank of Major. From 1946 to 1952 he travelled the Maritimes selling heavy equipment and fire engines. From 1952 to 1968 he owned and operated Elliott's Grocery and Meat store in Middleton. He was very active in community affairs and served six years on Middleton Town council, two as deputy mayor, past president and life member of Middleton Branch 1, Royal Canadian Legion, past president of Middleton Board of Trade, Middleton Rotary Club and Middleton Curling Club. He was a member of Soldiers Memorial Hospital Board and on the planning committee for a new hospital built in 1961.He was associated with Investors Syndicate as a financial planner from 1966 to 1991. He is survived by his wife, the former June Neily; stepdaughter, Gail (Ron) Heaver, Vancouver, B. C.; sister, Anna (Maurice) Hennigar, Halifax; seven step-grandchildren; niece and nephews, Jane (Gary) Landry, Yarmouth; Tona (Gerry) Amiro, Dartmouth; Frank (Janet) Hennigar, Ellershouse; Harcus (Susan) Hennigar, Pickering, Ont. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Dora McLeod; stepson, David Neily; a brother (should be sister) in infancy. Visiting will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Warren T. Roop Funeral Home, Middleton. Funeral will be Wednesday 2 p.m. in St. John's United Church, Middleton, Rev. Ewen Moase and Archdeacon Eric MacDonald officiating. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middleton. Donations may be made to St. John's United Church, The MacDonald Museum or a charity of your choice.
Officer in the No.4 Canadian Field Ambulance Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Active Militia of Canada courses held in 1933 - he first qualified in signals, then in infantry and was a second-lieutenant. The other certificate of service is from the Canadian Army. Uncle Roy enlisted on Sept. 13th, 1939 and "was stuck off the strength on" July 10th, 1945. He was a Captain by then.
From the 1931 Mount A Yearbook: "Roy received all his education from Middleton, N.S. previous to coming to Mount Allison. During his first year he boarded at the Wood House. Was Treasurer of Engineering Society and in Junior year became its Vice-President. Served on Student Council, Manager of Track team in Junior year. Engineer hockey player and one of the star performers when playing against the Co-eds. 'Half-ton' will obtain his Engineering Certificate this year and plans to finish at N.S. Tech. 'Let's eat.'"
The Register, Berwick
Elliott, F. R., born to at Middleton, 7 Mar 1910, a son. [17 Mar 1910].
War Service Record: He took 3 years of Engineering at Mount A and then could not continue because 'he had to support his mother'. His jobs prior to 1939 were 1933-1934 Insurance salesman with Great West Life, 1934-1937 Saleman with Wilsil (?) Ltd (Packers) Montreal, and 1938-1939 Salesman for Morse's Tea. For the 6 weeks prior to enlisting, he was an Inspector of the Gasoline Act with the N.S. Board of Public Utilities.
- (Research):The fact that the yearbook is from 1931 is interesting. I thought Uncle Roy was only at Mount A for 1 year and left because, according to Mom, he had failed his exams because he was having too much 'fun'.
The fact that he was there three years and was planning to go to NS Tech to finish (presumably in the fall of 1931) is intriguing. Maybe he did in fact fail and was not eligible to continue at NS Tech but then why not redo his year at Mount A. Or maybe he did pass but did not go on to NS Tech. The reason for both may be that his father died in 1931 and, according to the letters between George and Fred Chipman, the estate was in quite a mess with creditors at the door. So there was no money for him to continue and he had to start working to support Grammy and Mom. (Frank H. doesn't remember anything about Uncle Roy failing, just that he left Mount A. Tona remembers him 'not doing well' at Mount A.)
It's interesting that Mom said that her father had declared bankruptcy. I could not find any record of this in the NS Archives. It's strange that if he declared bankruptcy he was able to put aside $2000 for Mom as a legacy for her university education. (HH)