Sergeant/Bandmaster Joe Elliott
Born. Rothwell, Leeds.
Joe Elliott was born and educated in Rothwell, a village near Leeds, West Yorkshire.
At an early age he joined the local Church choir and later became a member of the Rothwell temperance association brass band where he learned to play the trombone. He continued his membership of the band until the outbreak of the war.
In September 1914 he enlisted with the "Pals" as a Private and because of his musical back ground was instrumental in the creation of the battalion band. He served with the battalion at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
Some time in 1916 when the "Pals" were in France the current Bandmaster, Sgt. James Garside was invalided home. Joe was promoted to Sergeant and took over the job of Bandmaster. He continued to lead the band until 1917 when he was himself invalided home.
Discharged in 1918, he continued to play and perform with brass bands for the rest of his life and was a successful conductor and director with many of the famous brass bands of the time.