William Ellis

Name

William Ellis

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

06/04/1918
25

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
15706
Bedfordshire Regiment
6th Bn.

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals

Cemetery/Memorial

GOMMECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY NO.2, HEBUTERNE
V. H. 15.
France

UK Memorials

All Saints Church, Datchworth Roll of Honour
All Saints Church, Datchworth
Not on the Welwyn Village memorials
Not currently aware of any Burnham Green memorials

Pre War

In army records William is recorded as born in Welwyn – he was certainly baptised there on 2 February 189. He was also recorded as resident in Burnham Green, Datchworth, age 25 when killed, but it does seem more likely from FreeBMD*1 that he was born in 1895, and so aged 23 when killed, the censuses confirm this. In 1901 he was living at Welwyn with his parents George and Lucy, and his father is described as an agricultural labourer. In 1911 he was living, with his widowed aunt and her son John in Burnham Green, and is described as a farm labourer. We do not know why he and his siblings were living with their widowed aunt.

Wartime Service

He is said to have enlisted at Hertford and served in the Bedfordshire Regt. It would seem he arrived in France 30.08.1915. and was therefore a volunteer.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £16 10s awarded to his mother. N.B. some army records show him as being 25 at death but this is not borne out by baptism or census records.

Acknowledgments

June Colegrove, Adrian Pitts, Pat Bird, Brenda Palmer