Williams, Ellis J

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Ellis J Williams

96444, Sapper, Royal Engineers Signal Depot
Died of illness, 12 January 1916, aged 22
Buried at Glanwydden Cemetery, Llangystennin

CWGC registered (no family recorded)

Ellis J Williams was born in Llandudno on 14 January 1893. He was the son of a blacksmith, also Ellis Williams (qv), and his wife Margaret (née Owen). In September 1900, Ellis attended Lloyd Street School, the family’s address was in Church Walks, Llandudno though the following year, the Census recorded their address as 29 Alexandra Terrace, Llandudno. Ellis left school in January 1906 and became apprenticed to a printer. In 1911, he lived with his family at 2 Belgium Cottage, Taliesin Street.

Ellis Williams’ service record no longer exists though it is known that he enlisted at Llandudno into the Royal Engineers and that his service number was 96444. This number indicates his enlistment as being around May 1915. Little more is known about his service life except that he served at the Royal Engineers’ Signal Depot at Fenny Stratford, now part of Milton Keynes, as a telephone linesman. The Royal Engineers’ Signal Service was a precursor to the post-war Royal Corps of Signals.

Ellis Williams died on 12 January 1916 aged 22 at the family home, “Grimsby Villa”, Taliesin Street, of acute pleurisy, the doctor certifying death added “tuberculosis” followed by a question mark. Ellis was buried at Glanwydden Cemetery, Llangystennin which is attached to Capel Ainon (Welsh Baptist). His father, Ellis Williams (senior – qv) also died during the Great War and is commemorated likewise.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Capel Tabernacl, Upper Mostyn Street, Llandudno

1 comment to Williams, Ellis J

  • Iorwerth Selwyn

    How interesting. According to the 1911 census, my great aunt Mary Jones nee Davenport, also lived at Grimsby Villa, Taliesin Street, Llandudno, with her husband, and their two children.

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