Rank: Private 34567
Regiment: 16th (Royal Devon Yeomany) Bn., Devonshire Regiment
Died: died 3 December 1917 Age 29
Newton Poppleford War Memorial
Other Memorial: Jerusaem War Cemetery [Google]
PDF Download: ELLIS Frederick William
Frederick was born in 1888 in Brampton Speke, Dunsford Devon. His father was Edwin, his mother Alice Louise (nee Yeo). He was the oldest of five children, all of whom were born at Dunsford.
By the time he was 22 he had left home and was living as an employee of Mr and Mrs Roberts of Seniors Farm (currently owned by Bernard White) in Newton Poppleford. He was employed as a waggoner, and his father had been a farm carter. Mr and Mrs Roberts were both in their 60s and their two children had left home. They employed four people, one servant and three people on the farm.
Fred enlisted at Woodbury and joined 16th Battalion, Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry and later the Royal North Devon Hussars. He was posted to the Egyptian Theatre of War (probably Mesopotamia) and he was killed in action there on 3 December 1917. He is buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery.
It will be of interest to many that his sister was Mable Mudge who was licensee of The Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton. She became well known as she was the oldest licensee in the UK, not retiring until 1996 when she was aged 99. She died aged 101.
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