267918 Private Robert Ellis
Duke of Wellington's(West Riding)Regiment
10th March 1918
Born in Stalybridge, Lancashire in 1896. His parents were William Ellis(1858-1923) and Margaret McCarty(1857-1913). They were married on 24/07/1881.
Robert had 2 brothers, George H.(born in 1886) and William(born on 08/09/1895).
He also had 4 sisters, Mary(11/06/1882-03/02/1967), Harriett(born in 1884),Edith(born in 1889) and Florence(1892-1934).
In the 1901 census, the family were recorded as living at 25 Cross Leech Street, Stalybridge. William snr. was employed as a moulder in an iron works.
The 1911 census showed that the family were now living at 5 Stanley Street, Stalybridge. William snr was still employed as a moulder and Robert was also working, employed as a cotton spinner.
Robert enlisted in Mossley Lancashire as Private 2572 in 1/7th Battalion The Duke of Wellington's(West Riding)Regiment. I have no date for his enlistment ,but his disembarkation into France was on 29/06/1915. At some point within the next year, Robert was wounded as a report dated 24/07/1916 entitles him to wear a wound stripe.
Robert may have still been recovering from his injury or just on leave, but towards the end of 1916 he married Maud Hatton(31/08/1892-1969).
When Robert returned to the front, he was wounded again, as another report dated 21/09/1917 entitles him to wear a wound stripe. On 10/03/1918 Robert died of his wounds, the cutting from an unknown newspaper explains the circumstances leading to his death.
Robert was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.
His widow Maud was awarded a pension on 10/09/1918 of 13/- 9d a week from 30/09/1918.