William Ellis was born in Castledawson. He enlisted in Belfast. Rifleman William Ellis was serving with the 15th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on 31st January 1916. Rifleman William Ellis is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps.
Colincamps is a village about 16 kilometres north of Albert. Sucrerie Military Cemetery is about 3 kilometres south-east of the village on the north side of the road from Mailly-Maillet to Puisieux. The cemetery is on the left; along a 400 metres dirt track.