Reginald Bertram Ellis
Memorial: Dyrham - St Peter's Church
Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment
Rank and number: Private G/36092
Parents: Albert and Jane Ellis
Home address: Seend, Melksham, Wilts
Pre-war occupation: Dyrham Rector's Footman
Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Seend, Melksham, Wilts
Date of death: 01/11/1918
Buried/Commemorated at: Seend, Melksham, Wilts
Reginald served in the 1st/6th (Sussex Yeomanry) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment and died at home on 01/11/1918. He was the son of Albert and Jane Ellis, he worked at Dyrham as footman to the Reverend Wynter Blathwayt, Rector of Dyrham. The rector often wrote to the men of Dyrham who were soldiers. Here is an extract from a letter from Reginald.
No G/3092 1/6 Cyclist Corp
Wicklow Hospital, Ireland
I have been conveyed by the Red Cross Ambulance to the local hospital yesterday, suffering from Chronic Rheumatism in my legs, caused from sleeping in wet blankets and damp ground, the rain came through out tent for several nights. The Doctor saw me this morning and of course I am in bed. My food did consist of eggs and milk and the matron and nurses are very kind, also some strange lady brought me a bunch of grapes and some cake. Hospital life seems very strange to me...
I hope the mistress is still keeping well, also that your cold is better. I have plenty of time to think of Dyrham and the past now I am in bed, but this is a poor account of myself.
R B Ellis
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Forces War Records