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One of our volunteers, Ann Eales, has done further research into William Ellam.


Express & Star, 22 December 1914

Express & Star, 22 December 1914

William Ellam is another of the soldiers written about in the Tuesday 25th March 2014 edition of the Wolverhampton WW1 Blog. More information is available, following further research.

He is included among those commemorated on the Heath Town War Memorial, as “Killed in Action”. The only Military Record traced is his medal card, which notes “Disembarkation Date 12/08/14” – just 3 months before his death. He enlisted at Lichfield, and had been in the army 2 years 9 months before his death.

The Commonwealth War Grave Commission website has the following information:

Rank: Private, Service No: 9161

Date of Death:15/11/1914 Age: 21

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment “C” Coy. 2nd Bn.

Panel Reference :Panel 35 and 37.Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellam, of 8, New St., Heath Town, Wolverhampton.

William’s birth was recorded at Wolverhampton in the 4th quarter of 1891. The 1901 census shows he was age 7, living at 20, New Street, Heath Town, with his parents William, age 31, occupation boat unloader, and Margaret Ann age 29, and brothers James age 4 and Richard age 5 months. Also recorded on the census form are Niece Eliza J Ellam age 7 and 3 visitors, Samuel and Eiza Haden and their child Ernest age 31, 28 and 2 respectively. Like William senior, Samuel is a boat unloader.

The 1911 census shows the family as living at 8 New St, Heath Town, with the household consisting of William William senior with his age recorded as 45, and occupation as general labourer, wife Mary Ann age 39, and their 5 children. The occupation of William, now age 17, is cobbler, James is age 14, Richard age 10 is at school, Jane age 6 is also at school and there is a new baby, Samuel Ernest age 6 months. Richard Hopwood, widower, age 71, Iron Worker, Father of Mary Ann, born at Bilston, is also living at 8 New Street.