America, Battle of Loos, Bernard Ellis, Bilston, Leonard Ellis, Midland Counties Express, Priestfield, Royal Field Artillery, Silver War Badge, South Staffordshire Regiment, Stow Heath Lane, William Ellis, Wolverhampton Road
This photograph appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 6 November 1915, the three sons of Mr and Mrs Ellis of 8 Wolverhampton Road, Priestfield:
- Leonard, aged 31, of the 1st/6th South Staffordshires, had been wounded in France
- William, aged 22, of the Royal Field Artillery, was in France
- Bernard, aged 19, of the 2nd/6th South Staffordshires, was in training in this country
These were the sons of Joseph and Sarah Jane Ellis, who were living at 22 Stow Heath Lane, Priestfield, in 1911, along with their sisters, Nellie and Lizzie.
Leonard was born in Bilston in 1884. He was a holloware Worker for a Tin Department in 1911. Leonard served with the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 2392 and later 36507). He was discharged on 1 July 1917, as he was no longer physically fit for War Service, as a result of the wounds mentioned in the newspaper article, which he received on 13 October 1915 at Loos. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 199345) on 13 June 1917. I have not been able to confirm further details of his life.
William was born in about 1893. Like his brother, he was a holloware Worker for a Tin Department in 1911. However, I have not been able to confirm details of his military service or his later life.
Bernard was born in Wolverhampton on 27 October 1896. I have not been able to confirm details of his military service, but he survived the war and married a lady called Isabella. After the war, Bernard emigrated to America, and died on 6 January 1962 in Gary, Indiana.