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Remembered Today:

Lt.-Col. A.P.A. Elphinstone, 3rd Tyneside Scots

Nick Thornicroft

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If anyone has any background info on this officer, I would be very grateful. He was born 22/7/1863 (probably India - son. of Col. Percy Elphinstone, Bombay Staff Corps) but where was he educated? Which branch of the Elphinstone family did he belong to? Where was he living in 1914? I know his family lived for a time in France pre-WW1. He was the CO of the 3rd Tyneside Scottish on 1/7/16.

Your help would be much appreciated.

Many thanks

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Hi Nick,

Arthur Percy Archibald Elphinstone was first commissioned into the Army on 6/02/1884 and retired from the Indian Army on 1/9/1911. He rejoined on 16/12/1914.

A large group of letters from him to his daughter were recently sold on ePay. I have a very good original photo of him in uniform from the same collection.

The CWGC site states this :

Son of Col. Percy Augustus Elphinstone, late Bombay Staff Corps; husband of the late Augustine Chiappe. Passed through Sandhurst with honours. Gazetted to Warwickshire Regt., 1884, transf. to 107th Pioneers, and later to 106th Pioneers. Served in the Burma (1885-9) Campaign (medal and two clasps) and Somaliland (1902-4) Campaign (medal and clasp).


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Regiment, Corps etc.: Northumberland Fusiliers

Battalion etc.: 22nd Battalion

Last name: Elphinstone

First name(s): Arthur Percy Archibald

Initials: A P A



Date died: 01 July 1916

How died: Killed in action

Also in the GRO index war deaths - army officers. hes listed in 1916, volume 0.2, page 293 might be more info on his death certificate



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He was killed at La Boiselle in 1916.  HIs cousin was Maj. Gen. Sir Howard Craufurd Elphinstone, VC 1819-1890 - see The Queen Thanks Sir Howard by Mary Howard McClintock, his daughter and The Queen's Knight by Martyn Downer.

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