• Sydney Ellis

Army / Flying Corps
  • 1st Australian Division
  • 2nd Brigade
  • Private

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Adelaide CBD, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne VIC, Australia

Stories and comments
    • 501 Private Sydney Ellis
    • Posted by helenellis33, Friday, 5 December 2014

    The soldier standing in the photograph above is my dad, 501 Private Sydney Ellis, 8th Battalion, A.I.F. 1st Australian Division, 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade. Date and place of enlistment Broadmeadows, Victoria, 31 August, 1914. Sailed into history Port Melbourne HMAT A24 Benalla 19 October, 1914. In every way, an Original Anzac. My father served in Egypt, Gallipoli, London and France. My father's rightful birth name is Arthur Edward Ellis, enlisting in 1914 using his younger brother's name of Sydney to become 501 Private Sydney Ellis. This photograph was identified by me on FIRST sighting in the Remember Me Exhibition at the Australian War Memorial, courtesy of Mr Kerry Stokes, on Remembrance Day 2012. It is my belief that the photograph was taken in Vignacourt, France in 1916 prior to his engagement with his unit at the battle of Pozieres, France. The names of the two seated soldiers are unknown to me. Helen Dorothy Ellis is the daughter and youngest surviving direct descendant of 501 Private Sydney Ellis. Corporal Raymond Sydney Ellis, B Coy, 1RAR, Vietnam, 1965-66, (deceased) is the son of 501 Private Sydney Ellis and older brother of Helen Dorothy Ellis. 4825 Private Sydney Edmund Ellis, 4th Coy, Australian Machine Gun Corps, A.I.F. KIA 1917 at the Battle of Passchendaele. Photographed with his two sons prior to deployment for active service. Younger brother of 501 Private Sydney Ellis (Arthur Edward Ellis), two sons of the Ellis Family of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia.