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Alfred Edward Ellis was born in 1887 in Nottingham and was the son of William a clerk for the Nottingham Corporation and Elizabeth Ellis née Ross. His father William was born in 1862 in Bingham and his mother Elizabeth Ross was born in 1863 at South Cave Yorkshire, they were married in 1884 at Nottingham, they went on to have a further son Ernest b1885 in Nottingham. In the 1901 census the family are living at 13 Caulton Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham. Alfred Edward Ellis married his wife Mabel Winfield on 20th March 1909 at St Laurance Church, Heanor, Derbyshire they went on to live at West Street Heanor and are shown living at the address on the 1911 census Alfred is 24 yrs and a postman he is living with his wife Mabel 23 yrs. In the same 1911 census we find that his father William now 49 yrs is a patient at Devonshire Hospital, Buxton.
He was a postman
09 Jun 1917
143688 - CWGC Website
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Alfred Edward Ellis, enlisted at Heanor and served with the 11th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, he died of wounds on 9th June 1917. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, grave reference XV.H.6A
Article published on 22nd June 1917 in the Ripley and Heanor News :- “HEANOR POSTMAN KILLED. “The sad news has been received of the death in action of Alfred Ellis, who was well-known and highly respected postman at Heanor. He came into the town from Nottingham about 14 years ago as a telegraph messenger. He joined up last January, and strange to say was quickly sent to France, having a very short training. He took part in the last great push and received mortal wounds, dying on June 9th. Official notification of his death has been sent to his wife at Carlisle-street, Heanor. Ellis was held in high esteem at Heanor Post Office, not a complaint having been made against him all the years he was there. In fact, his duties gave him pleasure, and he acted as a tonic to the inhabitants as he delivered his letters, having cheery and witty words for all. On Tuesday, when the sad intelligence was made known at the Post Office, which at the time was full of soldiers' wives, tears of regret were shed, and there were numerous expressions regret and sympathy with the widow.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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