ELLIS – John 97th and 78th Regiment

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NameELLIS – John
Regiment (s)97th and 78th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 577 (78th Regiment)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
26th March 1824 / 18 years / Queen Square London England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Sallow / Grey / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCeylon – 12 years 7 months
East Indies – 2 years 7 months
Length of Service21 years 217 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 16th August 1844 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsArmy of India Medal
Intended Residence at
Woolwich Kent England
Pension Districts1844 Woolwich
1855 Canterbury
April 1856 – 1863 Western Australia
1863 Calcutta
Pension Paid1/7d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th January 1856 Plymouth Devon England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM HAMMOND 29th March 1856
Date/Place of Birth1806 Presteigne Hereford England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known: several possiblities
Date/Place of Birth
ELLIS Walter (tentative)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
SiblingsBetty bap 10th October 1802 Walford-by-Ross Hereford England
Hannah bap 5th August 1804 Hope Mansell Hereford England
William bap 19th April 1812 Hope Mansell Hereford England
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
BAILEY Anne Jane
B c1832 Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriagec1855 United Kingdom
Children by 1st WifeHarriet B 1856 Devon England
M Not yet known
D 1930 Perth Western Australia
Mary Jane B 1858 Dongara Western Australia
M 1st PETTIT William November 1878 Dongara Western Australia
M 2nd STEPHEN William 1894
D 1939 Dongara Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Postmaster at Geraldton 1856 – 60
Newspaper Articles
Departure from Western
1863 left Western Australia for Ceylon: pension paid in Calcutta 1st October 1863: must have gone to Ceylon before/during 1865
Date/Place of Death/Burial5th July 1865 Ceylon
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1905 Dongara Western Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information15th August 1858, as Sergeant in charge of EPF members at Champion Bay (Geraldton) reports on misbehaviour of pensioners at Greenough
John ELLIS’ death in Ceylon is unusual as wife and family remained in Western Australia. Circumstances not known.