31 May 1918 : Geoffrey Philip Ellis

Geoffrey Ellis was born 21 April 1899  in Bow, London

Youngest son of Robert (a railway booking clerk) and Violet Eliza (née Beck) of Bury Street, Lower Edmonton.

At the 1901 Census, Geoffrey was one and lived at home with his parents, two older siblings and two boarders (a railway clerk and railway porter) at 19 Hendon Road, Edmonton.

19 Hendon Road, Edmondon (May 2019) (c) Google Street View 2021 

The school ca. 1890

Geoffrey was educated at Latymer Secondary School. 

By the time of the 1911 Census the family were living down the road at 24 Hendon Road - parents and three teenage children - no boarders by this time. 

24 Hendon Road, Lower Edmonton (taken May 2019) (c) Google Street Views 2021

Before the war Geoffrey was a clerk in the bank at Waltham Abbey. He enlisted in the Training Reserve 21 May 1917.

Battle of Hazebrouck. Men of the 2/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, moving a bed-ridden elderly man of Robecq, 12 April 1918. © IWM Q 6511

Geoffrey transferred to the Warwickshire Regiment in November and served in France and Flanders from 31 March 1918.

He died of wounds received on 31 May 1918 in No.58 Field Ambulance.

Cimetière de Nanteuil-la-Fosse by D Didier Jan 2020 (Google Maps)

Geoffrey was buried in the cemetery attached to the dressing station at Nanteuil-la-Fosse, north-west of Epernay.

Pte Geoffrey Philip Ellis 38260 10th (Service) Bn The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

31 May 1918

Brother Robert served with the Royal Flying Corps / Royal Air Force as an Air Mechanic from May 1915 until January 1919. 


Sources: Du Ruvigny’s Vol.3, England Census Returns for 1901, 1911 , WFA Pension Records on Fold3, Royal Air Force Service Records.