Lance Corporal Ezekial Ellis 1oth Battalion Sherwood Foresters
THE SHORT STORY OF THE UNCLE I NEVER KNEW. #Somme100
My uncle Ezekiel Ellis was born in 1893. The only photograph we have of him is in Ilkeston Hospital with his father. In January 1912, after my grandfather had died, Ezekiel left home. At the age of 18 years and 10 months, in January 1912, he joined the 10th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. His service number was 32944. He left without his families agreement but kept in contact with his younger sister “Cissie”.
My father was 2 years old when Zeke died in 1916 and never knew his elder brother. Zeke’s story was mentioned to me, many years ago, by my aunt Cissie. I was told that he was a soldier and that he was dead. I was not told what had happened to him or anything more about him, but when my aunt died she left a brooch in the shape of a miniature bayonet with “Hill 60” engraved on it, together with two sweetheart badges for the Sherwood Foresters.
These finds urged us to investigate our family tree. We confirmed where Ezekiel lived from Census information and where he was born with the “Register of Births and Deaths”. His service record showed that he died on 5th July 1916 a Lance Corporal who was killed in action. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission revealed the information shown in the picture “CWGC” i.e. his name is shown on Pier and Face 10 C 10D and 11A. at Thiepval.
Interestingly, my father fought over the same ground as his brother after landing on Sword beach in WW2. He was a Sergeant in the REME and much to his later distress one of the first to enter Bergen Belson.
My wife and I, have entered the ballot for tickets to the commemorative event at the Thiepval Memorial, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, on 1 July 2016 and hope to be successful, if at all possible we will visit again on 5th July.
Peter D. Ellis
Lives of the First World War is a source-based project. In order for a Life Story to be created, source-based evidence, such as a service record, is required. Can you please provide the requisite evidence that will be the business case for adding him to the database.
This forum is just a means to an end, and it will be destroyed soon. What will continue, as a Permanent Digital Memorial is the database.