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Hugh Ellis was living at 68 Victoria Street, Bolton when he enlisted into the Territorial Force on 23rd February 1915. He was 19yrs 2mths old and had been working as a piecer in a cotton mill.

Hugh listed his mother, Annie Ellis of the same address, as being his legal next of kin.

He was posted into the 2/5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the service number 3905 (later 241726). He had no previous military experience, but agreed to serve in any place outside the UK in the event of a National Emergency.

On 15th May 1916, Hugh was posted into the 42nd Prov Bn, where he remained serving on home duties until sailing from Folkstone to Boulogne on 9th February 1917. This coincided with a posting into 1/4th Battalion, LNL.

A month later, on 3rd March 1917, Hugh was transferred to the 1/5th Battalion.

On 24th March 1917, Hugh Ellis was admitted to the Field Ambulance with a fractured ulna. He proceeded through a Casualty Clearing Station before rejoining his Battalion on 1st April.

In July 1917 he was awarded Class I proficiency pay.

On 30th November 1917, Private Hugh Ellis was reported as being missing in action. He was later recorded as killed ‘on or since that date’, for official purposes.

Cambrai, 30th November 1917, 8:30 hrs

That morning a heavy fog hung in the air over the 55th Divisional front line, a line that had been heavily bombarded for the past 90 minutes.

The enemy penetrated the 1/5th sector at Holts bank, having advanced at a staggering rate with overwhelming numbers into Pigeon Quarry, they had succeeded in seriously outflanking our men.

Massively outnumbered, and with the help of the Liverpool Scottish, the Loyals gallantly stood firm and inflicted serious damage on the German soldiers, succeeding in holding Adelphi and Gloucester roads until such a time as they became so few in number they were forced to withdraw.

Prior to the withdrawal, an element of Loyal North Lancs had already been cut off from the rest of the Battalion and were completely surrounded at Limerick Post. Somehow they succeeded in defending their encircled position, managing to reach their own line by 5:00 hrs the next morning.




Private Hugh Ellis is remembered on the Cambrai memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 241726
Date of Death: 30/11/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.

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4 Responses to 241726 PTE. H. ELLIS. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Iona Woods says:

    Hi..241726 PTE. H. ELLIS. L.N.LAN.R is my Maternal Great Uncle. My Grandmother was born in 1919 and named Hughena after him. Thank you for this great site, on today of all days 04/08/2014. This is the most information I have been able to find. Great addition to the research I am currently doing. Thanks again! 🙂

  2. Barbara Sharples nee Ellis says:

    241726 Pte Hugh Ellis.L.N.LAN.R this was my father James Edward Ellis’s eldest brother. I have been trying to find out more information about when and where he died for over 60 years. At last we have a starting point and somewhere to visit to remember him. I decided to have another look last night whilst watching the Rememberence Service so it was really a special day to find more information. Iona Woods who comments on this page is my father’s youngest sisters grand daughter. Thank you for this information.

  3. Tracey Brocklehurst says:

    I have some pictures of Hugh Ellis which were left to me when my mother died 2 years ago.
    On one of the pictures, Hugh Ellis is with my grandfather. On another, he is pictured with a lady. I also have a postcard which gives a brief detail about his life and death.
    He was obviously well though of by my grandfather who must have kept these photos all his life.
    There were some Sharples in my family so I’m wondering whether Barbara Sharples, the lady who commented in 2014, is any relation.
    Would it be possible for me to get in touch with both Barbara Sharples and Iona Woods please?

    • Charlotte Foster says:

      Hugh Ellis is also my Maternal Great Uncle. My Grandmother was Annie Ellis (Hughs oldest sister). I don’t know if Iona or Barbara got in touch with Tracey Brocklehurst, but I’d love to find out more about the photos and postcard. Thankyou.

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