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4612   Corporal William L Ellis
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 05/07/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 01/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
William Ellis was the son of Richard and Hannah Ellis. They were originally from Magherafelt but they went to live in Scotland and then on to the north of England. William L Ellis was born about 1881 in Grangetown, Yorkshire. By 1901, William was living with his aunt, Esther Ellis in Castledawson, County Londonderry. William was a labourer. William Ellis married Alice Evans on 20th August 1914 in the parish of Magherafelt. William enlisted in Clandeboye, Co. Down. They were living in Toome at the time. Corporal William Ellis was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on 1st September 1916. He was 36 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Menin Gate
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen
Grave Ref: Panel 40
CWGC Casualty 1611493
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 2 Castledawson
2 Castledawson L.O.L. 97 - Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 29
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1 1901 Census lists William Ellis 1901 census lists William as age 17 living with relatives at house 36 in Creagh, Castledawson, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists William L Ellis 1911 census lists William as age 27 living with relatives at house 87 in Creagh, (Etra and Otra), Castledawson, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Corporal William Ellis
4 Genealogy forum (genesreunited) Details of the Ellis family in England
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023