Private ELIAS STERIO (photo added)

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Rank Private
Forenames ELIAS
Surname STERIO (photo added)
Initials E
Place of Birth SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM
Date of Birth Thursday, 23 October 1919
Date of Death Tuesday, 13 June 1944
Age 24
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From CARDIFF, GLAMORGAN, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 3965821
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Durham Light Infantry
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 6 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry (50th Northumbrian Infantry Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location XI. A. 8.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF ELIAS METRO STERIO AND SARAH ELLEN STERIO, OF CARDIFF; HUSBAND OF BRIDGET STERIO, OF CARDIFF, GLAMORGAN.

Additional Information

ELIAS STERIO was born in 1919 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. He first served with the Welsh Regiment in Noth Africa where he was wounded and evacuated back to the United Kingdom. On leave to visit his wife after the Birth of his daughter Mary, he missed his posting back with to the Welsh Regiment and was subsequently transfered to the Durham Light Infantry.1

 

He landed on GOLD Beach with 6 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry at approximately 11.00 hours on D-Day 6th June 1944. The battalion moved off the beach and assembled in the area near Ver-Sur-Mer. At 15.00 hours the battalion moved through Villiers-le-Sec, towards its first objective, Esquay-sur-Suelles, arriving there at 2030 hours.

 

On the 13th June, 6 Battalion Durham Light Infantry, were moving down the main Bayeux to Tilly-sur-Seulles road (D6) towards Le Pont de la Guillette, near Bucéels, with their objective being Hottot-les-Bagues. The leading companies left the main road as they approached the bridge Le Pont de la Guillette, onto a lane to the right of the main road. At this point the battalion were engaged with mortars and machine guns from nearby farm buildings.

 

The war diary for 6 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry explains what happened next:2

 

Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Colonel A. E. Green
 
13 June 1944
 
'A' Company suffered very heavy casualties. Tanks called up to try and deal with snipers and machine guns at [map reference] 833690, but not effective. 'B' Company made a flanking movement to right and put in a company attack on farm buildings.
They reached buildings but also suffered heavy casualties and had to withdraw.
It was evident that the enemy had established a strong position by the farm buildings and among the hedgrows [sic] and our efforts at getting him  out were not successful. Artillery and mortar fire on those positions did not have the desired effect.
2030 hours: Brigade Commander ordered the battalion to pull out to FOLLIOT [map reference] 8171.
Casualties:
'A' Company - Captain L. Attenborough and Lieutenant J. l. Bell.
'B' Company - Captain D. Rome, Lieut. R.D.Busson, Lieut. R.D.Scott
7 Other Ranks Killed. 42 Wounded
 
2300 hours: Battalion withdrew through South Wales Borderers and bivouaced [sic] night at FOLLIOT.
The enemy is holding a line from TILLY [-sur-Seulles] to WEST. TILLY [-sur-Seulles] reported occupied in some strength. Battalion sector [map reference] 8369 strongly held. 9/DLI [9 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry] report stiff opposition on Battalion right at VERRIERES [map reference] 7169. This is the first serious opposition we have met but it looks to be formidable.

 

Private ELIAS STERIO was one of the fatal casualties that day. He was 24 years old. His Wife Bridget and 1 year old daughter Mary survived him.

 

His daughter Mary went on to have 4 children and 12 grandchildren.

 

 

 

Transcript of the last letter, dated 12th June 1944,
Private ELIAS STERIO wrote and posted home to his family.
The following day he was killed in action.
Cliff, Grace's boyfriend, was also killed in Normandy.3

 

 

Article on the Durham Light Infantry,
dated 23rd May 2008, from The Northern Echo.4

 

 

References
1. Additional information kindly provided by Brian Jenkins, nephew of Private ELIAS STERIO.
2. War Diary. 6 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. National Archives WO171/1290.
3. Documents and Additional information kindly provided by Brian Jenkins, nephew of Private ELIAS STERIO.
4. Reproduced by kind permission of The Northern Echo.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Brian Jenkins, nephew of Private ELIAS STERIO.
Additional photographs provided by: Carl Shilleto The Northern Echo.
Additional information provided by:
Brian Jenkins, nephew of Private ELIAS STERIO, Carl Shilleto, Paul Reed, National Archives. Chris Lloyd
Deputy Editor The Northern Echo.

 

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Brian Jenkins

An uncle remembered with pride ..

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JOSSELIN Martine

Deep respect to you and eternal gratitude.

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RESPECT AND HONOR. RIP

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