Reginald Bertram Ellis

Memorial: Dyrham - St Peter's Church

Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

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

Age: 30

Further information:

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
Sept 1918

Dear Sir
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.
Yours faithfully
R B Ellis

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Edward Walsh
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Forces War Records