war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Territorial Force. 4 years Service in the United Kingdom.
Attestation of
Regt No. 2795 -Name Reginald Alfred Ellender.  2nd Home Counties (Res) Field Amb.
 Name -Reginald Alfred Ellender.
Age 27 years
Trade – Schoolmaster.
Address - Admiralty House, Dover, Kent.
Grange Road,
Deal Kent.
July 27th 1918.
Having received a report of the death of my husband (on July 2nd) 495231. Pte. R.A. Ellender, (M.M.) R.A.M.C. 53rd Stationary Hospital, Elope Expedition???? Division, from your office.
Could you write me all the particulars of his death, for I have received no news from his Captain or any officer concerning it.
Could there have been a mistake made? For it seems so sudden, I only received a letter from him on the 15th of this month, only two days before I received the report from your office.
Waiting your earliest reply.
Yours, O. M. Ellender.
Wounded in action 20/9/17 G.S.W. Thigh.
Wounded in action 27/10/17 Gassed.
Admitted to hospital 5/11/19 – 21/12/17 Gas poisoning shell mustard Gassed.
Died from pneumonia whilst serving with the Elope Unit, Northern Russia Expeditionary Force. 2/7/18.
208, Folkestone Road,
13th February 1935.
Dear Sir, would you please be good enough to forward me the war record of 495231 A/Cpl R. A. Ellender M.M. as soon as possible as I intend to apply for a Lord Kitchener Memorial Scholarship.
My father enlisted in 1914 and died on the 2nd July 1918 whilst serving with the “Elope” Expedition proceeding to Murmansk (Russia).
Thanking you in anticipation
I am
Yours faithfully
A.R. Ellender.
My father’s designation was 495231 A/Corporal R. A. Ellender M.M. R.A.M.C. (T).  
February 1935.
Sir, with reference to your letter of 13th February, addressed to the Office-in-charge, Royal Army Medical Corps records. I am directed to inform you, for the purpose of the Trustees of the Lord Kitchener Memorial fund, that the department has a record of a No. 455231. Private Reginald Alfred Ellender, M.M. Royal Army Medical Corps, who served with the Colours from 14th November 1914 to 2nd July 1918, when he died whilst serving with the Northern Russia Expeditionary Force.
I am sir,
Your obedient servant
J.R. Nelson. 
Medical Certificate.
No. 495231 – Private – R.A. Ellender M.M. R.A.M.C. – T.F. 53 Stationary Hospital died on 2/7/1918 whilst serving with the Elope Unit from pneumonia caused by active service in the Field.
Awarded G. C. Badge a/Lce Cpl. 14/11/16
The last will and testament by me, Reginald Alfred Ellender, Certificated Schoolmaster, at present L/Cpl. 2757 of the 2/2nd Home Counties Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. (T.F.) on Active Service. 
I, the aforesaid Reginald Alfred Ellender, do hereby bequeath to my wife Olive May Ellender of Beacon Lane Farm, Woodnesborough, Sandwich, Kent, the whole of my personal estate and property, including all benefits accruing from my death on active service. 
I desire my wife, Olive May, to preserve for the use of my son, Alan Reginald, my copies of Harmsworth’s Children’s Encyclopaedia (eight in number) until such time become of use to him in his studies.
Signed- Reginald Alfred Ellender.
Signed this thirteenth day of January nineteen hundred and seventeen, in the presence of us:-

(1)   A. W. Kennard.

(2)   A.G. Saxby.
Pte. R. A. Ellender deceased.
Widow of soldier – Olive May Ellender – Brockham, Grange Rd. Deal.
Children –
Alan Reginald Ellender – April 9th 1916. Brockham, Grange Road, Deal.
Peter Deverson Ellender – January 20th 1919.
Father – Joseph William Ellender – Admiralty House, Strond St. Dover.
Mother – Elizabeth Ellender – Admiralty House, Strond St. Dover.
Brother – Charles William Ellender – age 35 -106, Denmark Rd. Bedford.
Sister – Helen Maud Campbell – age 28 – 239, London Road, Dover.
Awarded Military Medal Supp. London Gazette d. 12/12/17.


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