George Edwin Ellison

George Edwin Ellison

York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
Death 11 Nov 1918 (aged 40)
Mons, Arrondissement de Mons, Hainaut, Belgium
Burial Mons, Arrondissement de Mons, Hainaut, Belgium
Plot I. B. 23.
Memorial ID 9792732 · View Source
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World War I British Army Soldier. He is officially recognized as the last British soldier to be killed in action during World War I. . Born in York, England, as a young man, he enlisted in the British Army during the first years of the 20th century. By 1912, he was again a civilian working in the coal mines. That year, he married Hannah Maria Burgan, and with her had one son. In 1914, he was recalled to the army, and served as a Private in the Corps of Lancers. He served in the trenches four years during the Great War, beginning with the Battle of Mons in 1914, the Battle of Loos in 1915 which saw the first use of chlorine gas against Allied troops, and the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. On 11 November 1918, he was with the 5th Royal Irish lancers, who were in support of the Canadians acting as an advanced guard, scouting and carrying out reconnaissance work at Mons where German soldiers had been reported in the woods. Ninety minutes prior to the Armistice going into effect, he was shot and killed by a sniper. He lies buried opposite the first British soldier to die on the Western Front in the Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium.

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