John Albert Ellison

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 5, 1893

Born at Birkenhead England


Feb 18, 1904

Embarked the RMS Bavarian at Liverpool with a group of Home Children


Feb 27, 1904

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to the Louisa Birt Home for destitute children at Knowlton Quebec


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59296 (temporary number 859)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Maude Ellison, mother, of 61 Church St, Birkenhead, Cheshire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 43rd Regiment DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles)

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Jul 8, 1915

After being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 1 day, he was fined 1 day’s pay in addition to not being paid for the day he was absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 25, 1915

He was slightly wounded and admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Nov 26, 1915

Discharged to duty from No 5 CFA


Aug 24, 1916

Admitted to No 12 CFA diagnosed with indigestion


Aug 26, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at No 11 CFA


Aug 30, 1916

Transferred to No 4 CFA


Aug 31, 1916

Discharged to duty from No 4 CFA


Nov 13, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl McLean who had been transferred to the Royal Air Force


Nov 25, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 6, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance at Vimy Ridge, he was instantly killed

He was initially buried behind the trenches near where he fell, but in 1921 his remains were exhumed and reburied in a permanent cemetery 

Nine Elms Military Cemetery
Thelus France

Post war the following were sent to his mother, Mrs Maude Ellison, at 33 Park Rd South, Birkenhead Cheshire England

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll
Memorial Cross

It is interesting to note that a survivor’s pension was granted to his mother effective April 10, 1917 as she was widowed and L/Cpl Ellison was her sole support.  This pension was cancelled on January 31, 1919 with the comment that “the pension should never have been awarded”. 

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