Ellis, John William


Hawarden County School Register – (343) (209 in red ink) ELLIS, John William Date of birth of 6th December 1895 was crossed out and 1st December 1897 written.   Address – Fern Villa, Buckley.   Father’s occupation – Miner   Date of entry 13th September 1909.   Previous school – Buckley, St. Mathews.   Scholarship etc. – Schol. £3 + £3.   Date of leaving – April 1912.   Occupation – Motor-Car Eng.

John William’s Flintshire WW1 Index Card F 28 (Buckley) states his period of service was 3 years and the card was signed by Stephen Ellis, on the 18th September 1919, was he a cousin?   On the reverse of the card was written:- “Unit of H.M. Forces:- RWF attached to the Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division, 2nd Lt. J.W. ELLIS wounded & missing May 24th 1918.   Died of Wounds on the above date.”


Researched and compiled by Don Kindell (c) 2008

Naval History Homepage – ELLIS, John W, 2nd Lieutenant, Army, RND, Hood Battalion, attached from 4th Denbighshire Battalion, 25 May 1918, France, killed

The Soldier in this article, J.W. ELLIS, was named in the Flintshire Observer & News 22nd May 1919 (Page 6 Col 1), but it was under Connah’s Quay & Shotton, although reading through it his parents lived in Buckley, so perhaps he was living in the Connah’s Quay/Shotton area at the start of the War.


The Parents of Lieut. ELLIS (formerly a typist at Messrs Summers Office) who live in Buckley have been informed of his death.   He was reported missing in May 1918.   He was formerly a Sunday School Teacher in connection with St. Mathew’s Church.   He was 21 years of age and was a young man of much promise.

Also mentioned in the book “Officers of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers who died in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” – ELLIS, John William. 2/lt Killed in action 27th May 1918.

He is also remembered on the Buckley War Memorial, please click on the link to read his story.



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