Ellison, William Holland Kennedy (No. 49736)

Ellison, William Holland Kennedy (William)

Private

No. 49736, 9th Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)

Killed in action on Wednesday 2 October 1918 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 140 to 141)

BIOGRAPHY

William Holland Kennedy Ellison was born on 12 June 1899 in Mill Street, Comber and he was a son of John and Annie (Agnes) Ellison (nee Kennedy) who were married on 1 November 1894 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  John Ellison from Ballygrainey was a widower and Agnes Kennedy, a spinster from Ballygrainey, was a daughter of James Kennedy, a labourer.

The Ellison family lived in Castle Lane, Comber and at 59 Mill Street, Comber.

John Ellison worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Agnes had six children:

John (born 30 April 1897 in Castle Lane, Comber)

William Holland Kennedy (born 12 June 1899 in Mill Street, Comber)

James Kennedy (born 30 June 1900 in Mill Street, Comber; died 1 July 1900)

Maggie (born 25 May 1901 in Mill Street, Comber; died 26 May 1901)

Albert (born 31 January 1903 in Mill Street, Comber)

Victor (born 6 April 1907 in Castle Lane, Comber)

Later the Ellison family moved to Lisburn Street, Ballynahinch.

William Holland Kennedy Ellison was 17 years and 2 months old when he enlisted in Belfast on 29 August 1916.  He declared that he was 18 years 3 months old and living at 37 Douglas Street, Belfast.  It was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 2¼ inches tall and he cited his mother Agnes as his next-of-kin.  Initially he served with the 19th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at Ballykinlar and in 1917 he was hospitalised in Belfast with bronchitis.

William Holland Kennedy Ellison was posted to the British Expeditionary Force on 11 April 1918 and he served with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Private William Holland Kennedy Ellison was 19 when he was killed in action on 2 October 1918 during the Allied offensive against all sections of the German line.  He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.