1918 – Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury

Registered at birth as CLIFFORD MONGER.

Born: 24th September 1880, Mistley, Essex.

Baptised: 20th November 1881, at All Saint’s Church, Wrabness, Essex. Parents: George Edward & Emily Martha Monger.

Died: 4th May 1917; age 36; KiA. Previously reported missing.

Residence: 773, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Carpenter – Journeyman, at Messrs. Cubitt & Gotts Builders, Westerfield, Suffolk.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: June 1916.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 23643

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Formerly 180371, Royal Engineers.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.



Memorial Reference:

Bay 3.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1881   Wheatsheaf Inn, Wrabness, Essex.


Clifford Monger was 6 months old and living with his parents & sisters.

George Edward Monger, 30, an Innkeeper, born Harwich, Essex.

Emily Martha Monger (nee Ablitt), 26, born Capel St. Mary, Suffolk.

Rosa Ethel Monger, 4, born Stratford, Essex.

Mercy Agnes Monger, 2, born Mistley, Essex.

1 servant.

2 lodgers.


1891   Wheatsheaf Inn, Wrabness, Essex.


Clifford was 10 years old and living with his mother, siblings & cousin.

Emily, 35, a Licensed Victualler.

Rosa, 14.

Mercy, 12.

Edward Allen Monger, 8, born Wrabness.

Sidney George Monger, 6, born Wrabness.

Filbert Alexander Monger, 3, born Wrabness.

Florence Roofe, 13, born London.

1 visitor.

2 lodgers.


The marriage of Clifford’s parents had failed. On the 1891 census, Clifford’s father George Monger was living at 2, Main Road, Harwich, Essex, he was living on his own means.


1901   265, Spring Road, Ipswich.


Clifford was 21 years old, a Carpenter. He was living with his mother, siblings, step father & step brother. Clifford and his siblings still living at home were now known by the surname Ellis.

Mark Philip Ellis, 43, a Publican – own account, born Mile End, Middlesex.

Emily Ellis, 44.

Mercy Ellis, 22, a Servant – Domestic.

Edward Ellis, 19, a Painter.

Sidney Ellis, 14, a Carpenter.

Philbert Ellis, 13.

Cecil Mark Ellis, 7, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


In 1901, Clifford’s father George Monger was living at 46, Church Street, Harwich, Essex, he was a Shoemaker.


1911   ‘The Angel’ 5, Ballygate, Beccles, Suffolk.


Clifford was 30 years old, a Carpenter – Building. He was a lodger at the public house – 43 year old, George Thomas Strowger – Inn Keeper.

In 1911, Clifford’s wife, and children were living at 741, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

Matilda, 30.

May, 7.

Reginald, 4.

Ivy, 1.



(Clifford’s widow Matilda with children Lilian, Reginald and May. Clifford’s stepfather, Mark Ellis was a potato merchant prior to becoming an innkeeper – and there is a basket of potatoes on display in the front window!)


On the 15th September 1901, at the Register Office, Ipswich, 21 year old, Clifford Ellis, a Carpenter, of the Elm Tavern, Spring Road, Ipswich, married 21 year old, Matilda Green, of the John Bull Inn, 482, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, born April 1882, Hintlesham, Suffolk.

They had 7 children:

Lilian Ethel Lucy Ellis, born 1902, Ipswich.

Horace William Ellis, born 1903 – died 1905, Ipswich.

May Violet Ellis, born 1904, Ipswich.

Reginald Clifford Ellis, born 1907, Ipswich.

Ivy Winifred Rose Ellis, born 1910, Ipswich.

Clara Elizabeth Ellis, born 1912, Ipswich.

Lionel George William Ellis, born 1917, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Matilda Ellis – widow.

Clifford is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk.


Family note from Keith:

George Edward Monger’s family lived in Harwich, Essex, they operated three barges that hauled stone from the Stour/Orwell Estuary to Faversham, Kent. The family also had properties in Eastgate Street, and Church Street, which included a Stone Merchants Yard, and a Ship’s Chandlery.

During the Second World War, Clifford & Matilda’s two sons, Reginald and Lionel went to France with the British Expeditionary Force. They both survived the evacuation of Dunkirk. Lionel was then sent on to Africa and served as a Desert Rat under Montgomery.


Help, extra information, and photographs courtesy of Mr. Keith Gilbert.


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