Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Grandad Rediscovered; Story of Alost Soldierfound at Last

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Grandad Rediscovered; Story of Alost Soldierfound at Last

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Byline: JANINE HILL

FOR the best part of 100 years, John "Jack" Ellis was a hero and a mystery to his family.

The signalman was killed in action in France in World War One, eight days before the Armistice was declared.

Gunner Ellis left a wife, Daisy, and two-year-old son, Henry, who had been only five months old when his father boarded a ship bound for Egypt.

When Henry grew up and had a family of his own, he spoke little of his father.

The letters Jack had written to Daisy were burnt after her death.

But Henry's daughter, Sandy Whittaker, was curious about the grandfather she never knew embarked on research with other relatives.

Mrs Whittaker, of Maroochy River, has learned that her grandfather was only 17 when he emigrated from Wales with his older brother Evan.

Both brothers enlisted.

Jack spent spent 21/2 years in France and Belgium and was awarded the Military Medal and the French Croix de Guerre for bravery.

His superiors wrote that he went out under heavy fire to mend telephone wires and carried messages on foot at a critical period when the lines were out of action. …

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