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ELLIS, Ralph James Fletcher


Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: West Hampstead
Gender: Male
Date of death: 01/12/1917
Place of death: 44th Casualty Clearing Station, Poperinge, Belgium
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 31
CWGC Ref: 136627
TWGPP Ref: 3047073
Address: Coverack Cottage Cookham
Address: 7 Abbots Road Hampstead, London

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Rank: Private
Service Number: 3103


Widowed Mother Augusta Ella Mary Ann ELLIS (nee BRAMWELL)
Late Father Ralph Arthur Frederick William ELLIS
Brother Wilfred Kirkpatrick Bramwell ELLIS
Brother Percy ELLIS
Sister Eveline ELLIS
Sister Winifred ELLIS

Additional information

Ralph was born in 1886, and his brother Wilfred Kirkpatrick Bramwell Ellis had also died 20th April 1916. They were the sons of retired army officer Ralph Ellis, and his wife Augusta May Ellis. They has 6 children and later in life Augusta, known as Ella, lived in Cookham High Street in Coverack Cottage. As an army man Ralph senior, who was born in Brussels, had moved around a lot his son Ralph was born in Denmark and the rest of the family in London, and must have looked forward to a calm retirement in his Cookham home. Sadly Ralph snr, much older than his wife, died in 1915, leaving Ella to bear the loss of two of her five sons alone.
Before the War Ralph had been a Farrier.
Ralph enlisted on either 15th or 24th November 1915 (dates vary.) His height was noted as 5ft 11 7/8 ins. He was 31 when he died during the German retreat from the Hindenburg Line, serving in the 2nd Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment. Casualty Clearing Station 44, where he died of his wounds, was set up at Nine Elms near Poperinge to deal with casualties from the 3rd Battle of Ypres in late 1917, although at the time of his death his unit was engaged in the Battle of Cambrai. While this battle made initial progress, it became notorious in WW1 history as a chaotic and ill planned offensive. He is buried at the Nine Elms British Cemetery in Belgium near the clearing station. Grave ref: IX.B.15 Sources:, Cookham records, cwgc, forces war records)
Ralph died of wounds, probably incurred in the 3rd Battle of Ypres.


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