Other names: Elijah Sidney
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetSturminster, Dorset
Story: Elijah Sidney Wilmot was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9th February 1889, the son of George Wilmot and Barbara Wilmot (née Butt). He lived his early life at 3 Magdelene Lane, Shaftesbury, where his mother died in 1900 and his father in 1902. He had enlisted prior to the war with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private in a Territorial capacity (Service No. 453). On embodiment he rejoined his Regiment with Service No. 200163. It is not known in which theatre of war he served but following his discharge on 25th April 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal. By then his registered address was 12 Bimport, Shaftesbury, per the 1921 Census, which describes him as a Chimney Sweep. At some time he moved again to 9 Tout Hill, Shaftesbury, and he died there on 1st July 1937 per the Sturminster, Dorset, Registry and was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury. He remained single throughout his life. His brother William George Wilmot also served in the conflict.