George Ellis – WW1 letters

George Ellis was born in 1893. His father was Charles Ellis of The Farm, Micklefield and he has left us with a remarkable record of his experiences of the Great War. His Grandson, Roger Sykes has donated the complete set of  letters that George wrote to his Mother to the Society for safe keeping.

George joined 2136A squadron of the Yorkshire Hussars in March 1913 and served until 1920. He was allowed extended leave between 17th August and 30th September 1915 to help his father with the harvest.

George was in Westborough Chapel in Scarborough when the town was shelled by the Germans.

This is an extract from his letter when he arrived at Snainton camp for training in 1914.

“I never saw such a one eyed place in all my life, by jove we are in for a rough time, we have had nothing but bread and dripping yet to eat so will you send some grub and stockings as soon as you can. We have no beds only two blankets and a waterproof sheet and there are 72 of us in a tent”.