William is remembered on the war memorial at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ipswich.


Born: 30th May 1886, Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

Died: 2nd September 1918; age: 32; Previously reported KiA, now Died of Wounds – William was with his Battery in action, and whilst in charge of the right section, during a period of enemy shell fire, a shell burst nearby, a piece of which struck him over the heart. He was immediately given first aid, but expired while being taken to the dressing station.

First Enlistment Date: 1901; age: 15 – Royal Horse Artillery.

Transferred from the Royal Horse Artillery to the Canadian Field Artillery.

Second Enlistment Location: Beechingstoke, Wiltshire; Date: 7th January 1915; Age: 23 years & 8 months; Religion: CofE. Signed up for 6 months beyond the duration of war. Height: 5ft 7ins, fair complexion, grey eyes & brown hair. Next of Kin: father – Mr. A.W. Ellender, of 18, Montpelier Place, Brighton, England – later of 13, Stanley Avenue, Derby Road, Ipswich – and then of 62, Philip Road, Ipswich, and later of 75, Surrey Road, Norwich, Norfolk.


Embarked Canada – 2nd September 1914.

Transferred to the 3rd General Base Depot – Havre – 11th August 1915.

Attached to the Canadian Divisional Artillery Headquarters, 1st Canadian Division – 26th October 1915.

Appointed Brigade Sergeant Major – in the field – 9th January 1916.

Re-enlisted for period of 3 years – 4th April 1916.

Temporary Lieutenant – 6th August 1917 – Royal Canadian Field Artillery, 3rd Battery.



3rd July 1915 – Absent from Parade – Rouen – severely reprimanded.

8th July 1915 – Improperly dressed on Parade – Rouen – severely reprimanded.


Rank: Lieutenant; Service Number: 42023.

Regiment: Canadian Field Artillery, 3rd Battery.

Formerly number 17916 of the Royal Horse Artillery, ‘Y’ Battery.


Grave Reference:


Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



William was laid to rest in a joint grave with ‘Vernie’ Ferdinand Michael Hummel, a Private, service number 751070, of the Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment, 47th Battalion. Vernie lost his life on the 2nd September 1918, when he was instantly killed by enemy shell fire during an attack on the Drocourt-Queant Line. Vernie was born June 1893, at Bloomingale, Ontario, a Roman Catholic, of French ancestry, he was the son of Philip & Catherine Hummel (nee Uhrig), of Conesloge, Ontario. In 1916, Vernie, a Rubber Worker, married Mynetta Pfeiffer, they made their home at 6, Moyer Place, Bloomingale, Ontario.

Photograph courtesy of Operation: Picture Me.





Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Arthur William & Annie Ellender, of ‘Glenthorne’ St. James Road, Sutton, Surrey.




1901   Royal Hibernian Military School, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland.


William was 14 years old, a Scholar and Boarder at the school. He was a Roman Catholic, and could read and write.


Father: Arthur William Ellender, born 1859, Sandwich, Kent – a Sergeant/Instructor for the Royal Garrison Artillery. He enlisted at 4:40 p.m. on the 9th November 1878 into the Royal Artillery – served 27 years & 73 days – until the 30th April 1906.

Arthur Ellender, of 24, Albany Villas, Hove, re-enlisted at Brighton, East Sussex, on the 29th October 1914, in to the Royal Sussex Regiment, service number 265373. He was 54 years & 11 months old, religion, CofE. He was 5ft 9ins with a medium complexion and grey eyes. He did not serve abroad. His next of kin: wife Mrs. Alice Joan Ellender (nee Alldis).

Mother: Annie Helena Ellender, born 1866 – died January 1892, at Isle of Wight, Hampshire.

Sister: Clara Catherine Ellender, born January 1888, Isle of Wight.

Sister: Jane Ellender, born May 1890, Isle of Wight.


William was educated at the Royal Hibernian Military School, Dublin, Ireland – entered 11th May 1896 – left 13th July 1901.


William’s medals were sent on the 20th March 1922, to his father, Arthur William Ellender, of St. James Road, Sutton, Surrey. Arthur also received the memorial plaque & scroll.


William is also remembered at the Royal Hibernian Military School, Ireland, and at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.

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