Rank:


Rifleman

Service No(s):


3392

Regiment:


London Regiment

Unit:

16th (County of London) Battalion, Queen's Westminster Rifles

Returned:

No

Place of birth:

Hornsey

Occupation:

Date of death:

27/08/1916

Cause of death:

Killed in action

Grave or panel reference:

III.E.7

Name of father:

Frank Ellis

Name of siblings:

Alice, Winifred, Frank, Enid, Hero, Evelyn

Name(s) of children:

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

05/08/1896

Place of enlistment:

Event:

Flanders and France

Age at death:

20

Cemetery or memorial:

Maroeuil British Cemetery

Other memorial:

St Mark's Church, Tollington Park

Name of mother:

Annie Elizabeth Ellis

Name of spouse:

Address:

30 Scarborough Road (1911 Census)
By 1916 - 16 Mount Pleasant Villas

Biography:

Eric Ellis was a Stroud Green resident. His parents were Frank, a bookseller’s clerk, and Annie Elizabeth; he had one brother, Frank Robert, and five sisters Alice, Winifred, Enid, Hero and Evelyn. In 1911 the family lived at 30 Scarborough Road; by 1916 they had moved to 16 Mount Pleasant Villas, not far away.

Eric was a Rifleman in B Company, 2/16th (County of London) Battalion, Queen’s Westminster Rifles, which was part of the London Regiment. He served in Flanders and France, including at the Battle of the Somme, and was killed in action at the age of 20 on 27 August 1916 when the London Territorials were fighting at Maroeuil. He is buried in Maroeuil British Cemetery. Eric left his property to his father, amounting to £89 11s 4d. He is also commemorated in the local parish church of St Mark in Tollington Park.

Eric’s brother, Frank Robert, who was six years older and worked as a bank clerk, also served in the London Regiment as a Private. Their Service Numbers were consecutive, so it is likely that they enlisted at the same time. Frank was wounded on 24 October 1916, after Eric was killed, but survived the war and lived to be 82.