Elliott Hellyer was born at 223 Marsh Lane, Bootle on the 5th August 1884 and was baptised on the 5th October 1884 at St.Mary’s C.of E. Church, Bootle.
 
He was the son of John Russell Hellyer and Mary Jane Tapnell (nee Stone) who were married in 1879 in the West Derby Registration district.
 
His father was a master mariner and was born at Liverpool whilst his mother was a native of Dartmouth Devon. Although the family made their home at Bootle they maintained links with Devon. One of Elliott' sister's, Amy, was born at Totnes and a brother, Ernest died at Totnes.
 
His siblings were; John Russell (b 1881), Ernest (1886-1906), Amy Russell (1889-91), Lilian Mary (1890-91) and Herbert Russell (b&d 1896)
 
1891 Census - 7 Malta Road, Bootle - Mother Mary J. T (Married) and children John R, Elliott and Ernest  
 
1901 Census - 265 Marsh Lane Bootle cum Linacre - Parents John R and Mary with children Edward, Ernest and John R. 
 
1911 Census - 73 Gloucester Road, Bootle - Parents John R and M. J. T. (Wife) and Et (Ellliott). Parents had been married 32 years with 6 children born and 2 still alive. 
 
In 1911 Elliott was a clerk and his father was a retired master mariner.
 
John Russell Hellyer junior was a ship's telegraph maker. He married Esther Donbavand at St.Thomas' C.of E. Church, Seaforth in 1909. In 1911 he and his wife were living at 17 Prior Street, Bootle. They had twin children, John R and Esther M, born on the 14th July 1913. This branch of the family usually went by the name Hillyer.
Elliott's service records have survived. They show that he enlisted on the 15th January 1916 at Seaforth.
 
He was unmarried and was aged 32 years 6 months. He was 5ft 3¼ inches tall with a 34½ inch chest and weighed 118lbs.
 
Elliott was placed in the army reserved and was mobilised on the 8th February 1917.
 
On the 20th April he was posted to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force but never reached his destination.
 
He was drowned on the 4th May 1917 when the troopship H.M.T. Transylvania was torpedoed off the coast of Savona, Italy en route from Marseilles to Alexanria.
 
His body was recovered from the sea and he was buried at Savona Town Cemetery.
 
Probate of his estate was obtained at Liverpool by his father. His effects were valued at £211 17s 4d (£15,000 at current values.)
 
As of July 1919 the next of kin form in his service records gives his parents John and Mary of 73 Gloucester Road, Bootle and his brother, John junior, of 75 Gloucester Road, Bootle. His twin niece and nephew were also listed
 
Elliott's mother died at Bootle in 1927, aged 75.
 
The following year Elliott's father re-married to Lilias Ousey (nee Walker) at Christ Church C.of E. Church, Bootle. His second marriage lasted less than a year. He died at 73 Gloucester Road on the 12th January 1929.
 
John Russell Hillyer junior and his wife Esther died in Merseyside in 1968 and 1967.