Arthur Ellis was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ellis, 70 Mold Rd. Thomas worked with railway wagons at a colliery. He and Elizabeth had 12 children before 1911, eleven living. Children at home in 1911 at Church View, Bistre were John, George, Thomas, Nellie, Arthur, Franklin, and Emily. The family missing from the 1911 census were Mary, Jessie, William (who had married and left home), Elizabeth (working away in service from the age of 12). A child Edgar was born and died in 1898.
Thomas and Elizabeth’s son John Ellis was killed in France in 1915. An index card at the County Record Office shows that William served 4 years and 7 months in the RWF including service in France.
Arthur’s death was recorded in the County Herald, August 30th, 1918
We regret to record that Corporal Arthur Ellis, who was recently reported seriously ill in hospital, has passed away. He was buried the following day with full military honours. His father and mother were both present at the funeral. The deceased soldier was only twenty years of age, and he was one of four brothers who have been in the Army. Another brother also made the supreme sacrifice, being one of the first Buckley soldiers who was killed in the present war.
From Richard Johnson (grandson of Arthur’s sister Elizabeth Ellis).
“Arthur died of nephritis caused by drinking water poisoned with mercuric chloride and his parents went out to see him before he died. Apparently they were only 10 miles from the front line. ”