1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 16017 Joseph Ellis
- Age: 25
- From: Beddgelert, Caernarvon
- Regiment: 2/8TH KINGS
- Died on Saturday 14th August 1920
- Commemorated at: Bedgellert New Cemetery
Panel Ref: G.12
He was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory from 14th September 1914, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain
After training in the UK Joseph sailed to France, disembarking at Boulogne on 7th November 1915. As his service record has not survived, the details are not known.
He may have been hospitalised in Liverpool, eventually dying there on 14th August 1920.
"In pure and loving memory of Robert Ellis of Glasfryn, Rhyd-Ddu, who passed away peacefully and eternally on the 23rd November 1904 aged 36 years. Also his dear son Joseph, who died on the 14th August 1920 aged 25 years. His last words were "Graig yr Orsedd ddeu pryd hynny, yn y dryfroedd yn y tan" which is a quote from Rock of Ages. The transation of which is "Then the Rock of Ages keeps me, in the flood and fire strong".
Grateful thanks are extended to Natalie Jones of the Liverpool Family History Soicety for the tanslation from Welsh to English.
With regard to Joseph's friends who joined the Liverpool Pals:
Rhys Roberts was the oldest son of William and Elizabeth Roberts. They lived at a farm called Bwlch Mwlchan (or Bwlch Mwrchan) in Nant Gwynant, north east of Beddgelert. William was chairman of Beddgelert Parish Council.
Rhys was living in Bootle, Liverpool, and forging a career in the cotton trade when war broke out. He was one of about 80 young men from the Welsh Methodist Chapel in Stanley Road, Bootle, who hurried to volunteer for the armed forces. Rhys enlisted in September 1914 and became a Private in the King’s Liverpool Regiment.
In August 1915 he married Edith Mary Griffith of Bryn Celyn, Benllech, Anglesey. She had previously lived in Bootle. The wedding took place at Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey. Rhys’ sister Alice was one of the bridesmaids.
Three months later, he travelled to France along with two other young men from Beddgelert in his regiment: Joseph Ellis and David John Williams.
On 14 January 1916 an accidental bomb detonation killed Rhys and two of his comrades. He was 24 years old. He is buried at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, in the Somme region of France.
Soon after his death, his father William Roberts signed a petition protesting at the leniency which the local military tribunal was showing to young men from the area who appealed against conscription.
David John Williams was born in the March quarter of 1897 the first born and only son of David Williams and his wife Myfanwy Glynn. He was killed on 03rd July 1916, aged 19, probably as a result of the Germans shelling the positions they surrended at Montauban on the 01st July 1916.