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Ernest Ethel Ellis Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 40th Battalion/64th Battalion/25th Battalion Regimental Number: 482042 Rank: Private Date of Birth: November 14, 1895 Place of Birth: Norwood, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: August 19, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Sussex, New Brunswick Age at Enlistment: 19 Height: 5 Feet 10 Inches Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Charles Ellis (father), Norwood, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Ernest was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Ellis, of Norwood, Nova Scotia. He enlisted at Sussex with the 64th Battalion. He was wounded in November 1915, recovered and returned to battle. He was killed inn action July 5, 1917. In July of 1916 he wrote to his cousin: Date of Death: July 5, 1917 Battle: Lens (killed in action) Age: 21 Cemetery: Loos British Cemetery, France (Plot: XIX. C. 25) The cemetery was begun by the Canadian Corps in July 1917, and the graves then made are contained in Rows A and B of Plot I and Row A of Plot II. The remainder of the cemetery was formed after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and smaller cemeteries over a wide area North and East of the village. The great majority of the soldiers buried here fell in the Battle of Loos. There are nearly 3,000, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, two-thirds from the 1914-18 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to two soldiers from the United Kingdom and four from Canada who are known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 44 soldiers from Canada and 12 from the United Kingdom, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. Commemorated on Page 234 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 26 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 40th Battalion. Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 157-158)
Private Ernest Ethel Ellis
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Miss Belle Ellis South Ohio I left England in apple blossom time, 1st of May. It was certainly very beautiful there then but I think it far prettier over there where the maple grows. Certainly it is wonderful how I have escaped so many times Scot free. I tell you our reception at Ypres was fierce and exciting. Shrapnel hit my helmet and glanced off. Some lucky. Still we don’t have bad times at all. Like old times we play hide and seek with Fritz in No Man’s Land. ....