William Ellithorn was born on the 21st April 1897 and baptised at St Luke, Manningham. He was the son of Abram Ellithorn and Charlotte Hill who lived at 120 Beamsley Street. Abram was working as a warehouseman. Abram and Charlotte lived with her parents at 120 Beamsley Street and William was born there, followed by Frederick in 1899 who died one year later. By 1901 the family were living at 31 Low Fold, Eccleshill and Abram was now working as a
lamp lighter. By 1911 the family had moved to 71 Institute Road.William enlisted in Halifax on the 15th July 1916 at the age of 18 years and 120 days. He joined the 8th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment as Private 23168. At the time he was working as a woolsorter. He was killed in action on the 11th of August 1917 during the third Battle of Ypres which
lasted from the 31st of July to the 10th November 1917.He is buried in the New Irish Farm Cemetery first used from August to November 1917 for the casualties of the third Ypres Battle and named after a nearby farm known to the troops as ‘Irish Farm’. He was 20 years old.He left his effects to his mother who received £3.6.1d on the 26th November, 1917 and a War Gratuity of £3.10s on the 15th October 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks