Ellis’ commemoration by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is on a screen wall at Willow Grove but he is recorded as being buried at Brunswick Methodist Church Burial Ground.
Jacob Adshead and Jane Ann Hallworth both originated from the Hazel Grove area but are believed to have married in Barnsley in 1893. Jacob was a miner and it was, no doubt, work that had taken him to Yorkshire. Their first child, Edith, and Ellis were born near there at Higham. A younger brother, Albert, was born in about 1898 in Stockport but the youngest child recorded on the 1901 Census, Walter, was also born in Higham. When the census was taken, the family was at 21 Keresforth (? sp) Road, Dodworth, nr Holmfirth.
He enlisted into the army on 4 October 1915 and was assigned to the Artillery with the service number 4098. His home address was 17 Norfolk Street, Portwood and he was working at a cotton mill. His service papers, at the National Archives, show that he was 5’ 8” tall with a 36” chest
Although Ellis’ unit is recorded as being “Clearing House”, this is probably a technical phrase for a holding unit prior to him being demobilised after the War. He was originally assigned to the 145th (Stockport) Heavy Battery. This was a Territorial unit of the Royal Garrison Artillery which saw active service overseas. He died of bronchial pneumonia whilst at the Army’s 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester.