|Surname||STERIO (photo added)|
|Place of Birth||SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Date of Birth||Thursday, 23 October 1919|
|Date of Death||Tuesday, 13 June 1944|
|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|
|Family Details||SON OF ELIAS METRO STERIO AND SARAH ELLEN STERIO, OF CARDIFF; HUSBAND OF BRIDGET STERIO, OF CARDIFF, GLAMORGAN.|
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
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.
|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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