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Samuel John Thomas was the son Thomas Murden Ellis and Harriet Ellis (nee Straw). Thomas and Harriet were married in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, on 23 July 1882. According to the information Thomas gave on the 1911 Census, they had ten children born alive of whom only nine were still living at the time of the census. Nine children are named on the census between 1891 and 1911: Elizabeth Ann, John Thomas, Sarah Alice, William, Ethel, Samuel, Lottie, Joseph and Rose. Thomas was a tinsmith and on each census Harriet was working as a lace hand. In 1891 Thomas (32) and Harriet (30) were living in the parish of St Mary, Nottingham, with their four children; Elizabeth (6), John (4), Sarah (3) and William (1). Also in the household were Thomas' brother, George (24) and a niece, Kate Bangley (9). Thomas and Harriet had five more children by 1901; Ethel (8), Samuel (7), Lottie (4), Joseph (4) and Rose (1 month). In 1911 they were living at 6 King's Place, Barker Gate, Nottingham, and only the five youngest children were still at home and are shown as Thomas Murden 51 yrs a tinsmith , he is living with his wife Harriett 49 yrs and their children Ethel 19 yrs a lacehand, Samuel 17 yrs a lithographer, Lottie 14 yrs Joseph 12 yrs and Rose 10 yrs However, a family was boarding with the family: Charles Shaw (23), his wife Alice (23) and their daughter Elizabeth (10 months). Samuel marries his wife Sarah Ann Ward in 1915 in Nottingham and they go on to have a son Thomas William in 1915.
He is a lithographer in 1911
03 Sep 1916
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17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Corporal Samuel Ellis, enlisted at Nottingham and served with 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment (Welbeck Rangers), was killed in action on 3rd September 1916. He is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
His brother Stoker first class John Thomas Elllis, R.N., was killed in the sinking of H.M.S. Cressy on 22nd September 1914. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial In memoriam published 3rd September 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- ELLIS. – In loving memory of my dear husband Samuel, who fell in action September 3rd, 1916; also my dear brother, Jack Ward, who fell in action August 25th, 1917. Life's journeys o'er. – From sorrowing wife and baby Tommy. “ELLIS. – In loving memory of my sons, Samuel, who was killed September 3rd, 1916; John Thomas, drowned on H.M.S. Cressy, September 22nd, 1914. Too dearly loved to be forgotten. – Mother, sisters, brothers.” Above are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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