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Ellis Jolly (Jolley) was born in Coppull, Lancashire in August 1896.

Ellis attested into the Territorial Force on 12th December 1915 at Preston. He was 19 years 4 months old and had been working as a cop packer and bundler in a cotton mill. He was unmarried and living with his parents at 106 Spendmore lane, Coppull, Chorley. Ellis had no previous military service. He was given the service number 7837, and when the Territorial Force numbers changed in 1917 this became 243289.

The medical officer described him as being 5ft 5.5in tall with a 33.5in chest. He had brown hair, brown eyes and was of fresh complexion. The only distinguishing mark that was noted was a scar on his left forearm.

Ellis was mobilised for war service on 1st February 1916 at the Public Hall in Preston. After a period of training with the 4/5th Battalion, and nearly a fortnight bedded down with impetigo at Oswestry Military Hospital (17 – 29th May 1917,) on 21st August 1917 he embarked at Folkestone bound for France where he would join ‘D Company’ of the 2/4th Battalion.

Having only been at the front for eight weeks, he was wounded by bullets and shrapnel to his right thigh on 27th October 1917 during the Second Battle of Passchendaele. He was treated at hospitals in France and rejoined the Battalion in early January 1918.

In August 1918 he was again wounded in action, this time suffering from the effects of an exploding gas shell. In October 1918 he was allowed a period of leave to the UK, he failed to return as expected on 27th October. He returned on the last day of the month. For this offence he was awarded 28 days ‘Field Punishment’ and fined four days pay.

On 8th March 1919, Private Jolly was transfered to the 1/12th (Pioneer) Battalion. On 19th October 1919 he was awarded another  field punishment. On this occasion he had refused to obey an order and used obscene language to a Warrant Officer. He was finally demobilised to class z reserve in late 1919.

For his war service, Private Ellis Jolly received the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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