Hooge Crater Cemetery. The emblem of the Australian Imperial Forces on private Sydney Edmund Ellis' gravestone.
Sydney Edmund Ellis' short time in the line
He enlisted on October 24, 1916, at the age of 27. He was finally assigned to 4th Australian Machine Gun Company. He arrived at the front near Ypres, Belgium, on the 17th of October 1917, only a few days before his death.
Their fellow comrades dug them out but they were blown almost beyond recognition, as declared by several eye witnesses and written down by the Australian Red Cross.
Soon after their death, these 3 soldiers were buried right on the spot where they were killed. The grave was marked with a wooden cross.
Anzac Ridge, Zonnebeke. I found the coordinates of his original burial place on the website of the CWGC (J.3.C.1.6.on map 28 N.E.). The exact location was not accessible due to private ground. The position of the original grave would have been right behind the houses in the far distance of this picture.
Anzac Ridge today
This part of Anzac Ridge is situated near the crossing of the Grote Molenstraat en the Lotegatstraat in Zonnebeke. Once a fortified German strongpoint with trenches and bunkers, now a peaceful place with farms and fields.
These days the barbwire is not used for wounding or strangling attacking soldiers but to keep the cows from escaping. Only the shrapnel that is mingled with the earth is a small reminder of what happened here one hundred years ago.
View from Anzac Ridge towards the church of Zonnebeke.
Anzac Ridge, Zonnebeke, Lotegatstraat.
Hooge Crater Cemetery, his final resting place
The remains of private Sydney Edmund Ellis were found after the war and reburied at Hooge Crater Cemetery in Zillebeke, Belgium. His grave is situated in Plot XVIII C.3.
Lest we forget
Sydney Edmund's older brother, Arthur Edward Ellis, used his name to enlist in 1914 and was therefore registered as Private Sydney Ellis #501 of the 8th Battalion, AIF. Private Sydney Ellis #501 was a survivor of the battle of Pozières but was badly wounded on the 25th of July 1916, during the battle itself. We would like to give a special thanks to the daughter of Arthur Edward Ellis (a.k.a. Private Sydney Ellis #501). If it wasn't for her reaction to our blogpost on the battle of Pozières, we would have never known the stories of Sydney Edmund Ellis and his brother.
Join us in remembering private Sydney Edmund Ellis and all the other Australians who fought or were killed far from home. Lest we forget!
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Tom and Sarah
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