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Born: 1890, Bradford
Died: 17 June 1916
Buried: Bertrancourt Military Cemetery
Address: 22 Bromet Place, Eccleshill
Parents: William & Mary
Spouse: Sarah Ellen, nee Gough
Siblings: Maude, George
Occupation: Butcher
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s
Children: One
Regiment: 6 West Yorkshire
Francis Wilfred Ellis
Francis Wilfred Ellis, known as Frank, was born in Bradford in 1890, the son of William Ellis and Mary Louisa Victoria Alexandra. In 1891 the family were living at 41 Springcliffe, Manningham and William was employed as a woollen buyer. Two children had been born to them, Maude Edith and Francis Wilfred. They also had a servant living with them. A third child George was born in 1893. In 1895 William died at the age of 34 years and Louisa was left to raise her three children. In order to do so she took up dressmaking and in 1901 the family
were living at 17 Wingfield Street without the help of a servant. By 1911 the family had moved to 22 Bromet Place and Frank at 20 years was working as a butcher. On the 14th of June 1915 Frank married Sarah Ellen Gough who had been born in Poole, Dorset in 1897. They lived at 12 Oxley Street and their daughter was born there in 1916. Around the time of his marriage
Frank enlisted in the 16th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) as Private 1591. He arrived on the Western Front at the end of April 1916 in preparation for the Somme Offensive but he was killed in action on the 17th June 1916 during a period when there was not a major offensive taking place. He was 25 years of age and is buried at Bertrancourt Military Cemetery, a cemetery which was
used by field ambulances in 1916. Frank actually made a Will when he was living at 12 Oxley Street, Bradford, which was proven at Wakefield on the 23rd of August 1916 to Sarah Ellen Ellis, widow, receiving effects of £32.10s. On the 27th June 1916 only 10 days after the death of her husband Sarah received effects of £2.0.10d and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 7th of October 1919. By this time Sarah had moved to 22 Bromet Place, Eccleshill. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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