Son of Stanley Elford (1871 – November 25th 1929) and Amy Bamfield (Yule) Elford (1872 – 1969).
Roger Elford was born on December 18th, 1910 in Highgate, London, he was the youngest son of the family of four. He had two sisters: Kathleen (*1897) & Margaret (*1904), and one brother: Douglas (*1898).
In 1911 the family lived at 24 West Hill, Highgate, London, together with their three servants. Julia Nash was 58 years of age and was employed as a cook for the Elford family, Louisa Hammond was the 20-year-old housemaid, the nurse, Mary Hales, was only 15 years old when she was employed by the Elford family. Douglas, the oldest son, did not reside at 24 West Hill in 1911, he was a boarder at the St. Helen South School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
10-year-old Roger himself, was a boarder in 1921 at the Hydneye House in St. Helens, Hastings, Sussex.
Stanley Elford, Roger’s father, died on November the 25th, 1929 at the age of 58.
Roger served in the army for quite some time before he was sent to the European mainland, he fought in the Arabian-Palestinian conflict between 1936 and 1939. Before he left for Palestine, Roger Stanley Elford married Mary Ursela O’Brien in early 1936 in Marlyebone, London. Mary was born on the 24th of April 1912 in Edmonton, Middlesex. After Roger’s return from Palestine in 1939, Roger and Mary lived at the Catlips Farm, Berry Lane, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire.
Around the 15th of August, 1944, Roger joined The Royal Norfolk Regiment. After the landings in Normandy on D-Day, and the failure of Operation Market Garden, towards the end of 1944, it was time for the Allied Forces to take the Brückenkopf (bridgehead) Venlo. On the 30th of September 1944, Operation Aintree commenced, with the main target being the liberation of the Venray area.
During the first attack on Overloon by the British, later known as the Battle for Overloon, Roger was wounded on the 12th of October. On the 16th of October, 1944, Captain Roger Stanley Elford died of his wounds. In the days between October the 13th – 18th 1944, at least 43 of D Company’s men perished during the attack, many more were wounded.*
Roger Stanley Elford was buried at the temporary cemetery at the Venrayseweg in Overloon, on the 14th of May 1947 he was moved to his current resting place at Overloon War Cemetery at the Vierlingsbeekseweg.
Requiescat in Pace.
Amy Elford, Roger’s mother, died in 1969 at the age of 97.
Roger’s brother Douglas, in all likelihood, fought in both World Wars as a Major with the Devonshire Regiment.
Mary Elford later married William Gilmore, before dying in 1976, she is buried with her husband William in the town of Welburn, North Yorkshire.