An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Irvine ELLIS

No. 12402 Serjeant, 10th (Service) Battalion,
Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment).

Born 14 July 1892,
Died 20 November 1915, aged 23 years.

Buried in Sailly-sur-la-Lys Canadian Cemetery, Pas de Calais,
France, Grave II.F.136.

He is one of 314 soldiers buried in this cemetery.

Irvine Ellis was the son of Philip and Jessie Ellis, of Sands House, Coatham. His father was a hotel keeper, although in 1891 he had been running a ‘Coffee Palace’ on the Esplanade. Irvine had an elder brother, Philip, and a younger sister, Mabel. Irvine attended Coatham Elementary School before winning a Sir William Turner Foundation Scholarship to attend Coatham Grammar School. He was admitted as a day boy in September 1904 aged 12 years and left after six terms in July 1906, when he was 14. By 1911 the family had moved to the Bradford area and his father had died, leaving his mother as head of the household. Their address then was Horton Lane, Bradford. Irvine and Mabel still lived at home and Irvine was by that stage an assistant designer in the textile industry. Given the date of his death, Irvine will have volunteered to serve in the Army early in the War.