In 1901 Ellis lived with his mother Hannah and two brothers and one sister at Mount Pleasant Street, Queensbury, it is believed that he also had another brother. Ellis married Julia and in 1911 they were living at 22 Vine Terrace West, Fairweather Green, they had two children Agnes Emma (7) and Herbert Arthur (6), employed as mason, Ellis was aged 30.
Having enlisted in Halifax, Ellis was serving in the 2nd Battalion. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when he was killed in action on 10th February 1917. The battalion war diary gives a very detailed account of that and the following days events under the note of: operations which cumulated in the capture of 600 yards of enemy ground and the enemy line of trenches at Ten Tree Ally, N.E of Beaumont Hamel.
This action resulted in battalion casualties of 6 Officers wounded, 15 Other Ranks killed, 52 wounded and 117 missing. The attack is described as an “entirely successful attack” and resulted in the capture of 193 prisoners. Ellis is buried at TEN TREE ALLEY CEMETERY, PUISIEUX. (A. 4) this cemetery holds just 43 casualties.