An article appeared in the Express & Star on 16 December 1914, entitled “Singular Coincidence”. This told the tragic tale of Private Frank Ellis, of the 1st South Staffords, who had enlisted with the army on 11 November 1910, and was killed following wounds received in action on 11 November 1914 (one hundred years ago today). A former pupil of Saints Mary and John’s Day School in Wolverhampton, his parents reisded at 3 Williamson Street.
Frank’s entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site confirms that he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ellis, at the above address, and that he was 21 when he died. He is commemorated at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. He may also be the “F. Ellis” listed on the St Paul’s Church war memorial.