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PRIVATE WILLIAM ELLIS.

25th Balloon Section, Royal Air Force.

Service number; 57239.

Died on January 22nd 1919.

Aged 38 years.


COMMEMORATION:

St. Andre Communal Cemetery,
Nord,
France.
I. B. 7.


PRIVATE WILLIAM ELLIS.

Died January 22nd 1919, aged 38 years.


Son of Mrs. Charlotte Ellis and the late Mr. Wm. Ellis, of Ailesworth, Peterborough.
Report copied from The Peterborough Advertiser, dated February 1st 1919.

SAD NEWS AT CASTOR.

SOLDIERS SUDDEN DEATH AT A C. C. S.

The sad news has been received at Castor, that 2nd A. M. W. Ellis, of the 25th Kite Balloon Section, 5th Company, has died in France.
The deceased soldier was son of Mrs. Ellis and of the late Mr. Wm. Ellis, of Ailesworth. He joined up in the Army three years ago, and two years ago next March, went to France. He was unmarried.
The news of his death was conveyed to his mother in the following letter :-

11th C. C. S.
Jan. 22nd.

Dear Mrs. Ellis,
I very much regret to confirm the sad news of the death of your son, No. 57239, Pte W. Ellis, R. A. F., 25th Kite Balloon Section. He was admitted two days ago suffering from heart affection. He was not complaining at all, and seemed very well and comfortable. This afternoon he complained of a sharp pain at his heart. The Medical Officer saw him and ordered some remedies. but he grew rapidly worse, and died quite suddenly at 6 p.m. He did not suffer long, and died very peacefully. He left no message, and spoke of no one at home. His personal effects will be sent to you later through the War Office. With very sincere sympathy.
Yours truly,
H. M. Ferguson,
Sister.


There is a memorial stone in Castor churchyard with the following inscription:

William Ellis R.A.F.
Of the 25th Kite Balloon Section
Died suddenly in France
January 22nd 1919
And was buried in St. Andrews Cemetery, Lille.
Aged 38 years.


His father, William , died on December 2nd 1911, aged 61 years.
His mother, Charlotte, died on March 19th 1944, aged 90 years.