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Private Ellis Taylor Army 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regt

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Private Ellis Taylor

Army 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regt

from:Ladywood, Birmingham

(d.22nd Mar 1915)

He joined the militia in 1901 as a boy soldier and transfered to the teritorial and volunteer force in 1908. His regular job was as a waggoner working for the LMS railway at New Street Station in Birmingham. At the beginning of the war he was transferred to the 2nd battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment which had recently returned from Malta. They were sent to Belgium as part of the 7th division to assist in the defence of Antwerp, landing at the port of Zeebrugge on 6th October 1914. They arrived too late for their intended task as Antwerp had already fallen and they were transferred in to the Ypres area where they helped to stop the advance of the Imperial German Army in the action known as the first battle of Ypres. Ellis was wounded in the leg and was brought back to Englang around the 1st of November to the Countess of Suffolk hospital in Malmesbury where he stayed until after Christmas. He died of pneumonia on the 22nd of March, 1915 whether this was caused by his wound is unclear. He is buried in Witton cemetery and his name is included on the war memorial there, on screen wall 30 05213.

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