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Charles Trevitt Ellis was born on 14 February 1896 in Wolverhampton, the son of cabinet maker Samuel Ellis and his wife Mary Elizabeth (nee Greaves). In the 1901 census, the family were living at 25 Dawson Street, Wolverhampton, and included Charles’s 8-year-old brother, Robert Henry. The young Charles was educated at Red Cross Street School in Wolverhampton. By 1911, the family had moved to 52 Craddock Street, by which stage Charles had become an Assisting Fitter in an Electrical Works. Unfortunately, his brother Robert had died in 1909 aged 16 years.

Ellis enlisted in the 1st/6th (T.F.) in the South Staffordshire Regiment (no 2904) on 5 September 1914. He served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders. He was killed aged 19 years on 29 July 1915 from wounds received in action at Hill 60. He is buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) in Belgium.

More information on the Battle of Hill 60 is available here.

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