37506 Pte Ellis ROBINSON 2nd York and Lancaster Regiment
KILLED IN ACTION 8th October 1918
Ellis ROBINSON was born c.1898 at Wadsley, Sheffield. The 1901 and 1911 census places him living with his parents, Ratcliffe and Emily and sister Annie at 42 Holme Lane, Hillsborough, Sheffield. Prior to enlistment he had been employed as an errand boy in Ecclesfield and then as a wood working assistant.
Subsequently his service records will show that his family had moved to 22 May Road at Hillsborough.
He enlisted on 3rd June 1916 aged only 18 and was placed in the reserves until he was mobilised on 17th October 1916 and was sent to France arriving there on 10th January 1917.
He was hospitalised with trench foot from 15th October 1917 until 30th October 1917 and was wounded on 2 occasions firstly on the 4th July 1918 when he received gun shot wounds to his back and secondly on 8th October 1918 when he is described as wounded + missing.
He must have been found soon after as he is recorded as having been killed in action on that same day.
On the 8th October 1918 the 4th Army launched an attack against enemy positions in the area of Amiens. Supported by some 400 tanks and outnumbering the enemy 6 to 1 the British forces forced their way through the enemy. The 2nd York Lancaster’s objective was the village of Mericourt and the high ground between there and Beauregard.
Ellis is remembered with honour at the Cross Roads Cemetery Fontaine -Au- Bois