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Name: Ernest Ellis

Burial Number: 0988

Gender: Male

Occupation: Drapers Assistant; Costumer; Milliner;

Born: 00/00/1872

Died: 11/4/1920

Buried: 14/04/1920


Ernest Edward Ellis  was born in 1872 to Robert Powley Ellis and Emily Ann née Rose. Robert had a 56-year-long career with the Great Eastern Railway Company.  Ernest followed a completely different path. He was a draper’s assistant in Islington in 1891 and by 1901 he was a costumier and milliner at 48, South Street, Worthing, employing 5 assistants, who included his sister-in-law, Mabel J W Claydon. He had married Elizabeth Mary Naylor Claydon in 1897 and had 2 children – a son, Eric, born in 1898 and a daughter, Edris, born in 1900. Ernest died at the early age of 48 on 11 April 1920 at ‘Ardath’, Manor Road , Worthing, leaving the substantial sum of £18,918 18s 8d.

Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 4 Plot: 8

Exact Location (what3words): recall.feels.gross

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Ernest Ellis is buried under the headstone for Arthur and Dorothy Boyse


In loving memory of Arthur Boyse died 4th February 1940 aged 82, organist and choirmaster at Heene Church for over 50 years and his beloved wife Dorothy Vera died 19th February 1964 aged 75

Further Information


Name: Ernest Edward Ellis

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1872

Town: Manningtree

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1897

Spouse First Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Second Name: Mary

Spouse Last Name: Claydon

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 11/4/1920

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Ardath

Address line 3: Manor Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £18918 18 s 8 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


?  Villa, Eaton St Andrew, Norfolk

Robert P Ellis, 35, head, goods manager, Great Eastern (Railway); Emily A Ellis, 36, wife; Emily R Ellis, 13, daughter, scholar; Edith M Ellis, 11, daughter; Ernest E Ellis, 9, son; Robert A Ellis, 8, son; Richard B Ellis, 3, son;

plus 1 servant


27, Dalmerry? Road, Islington

Thomas Clarke, 41, head, groom; Mary A Clarke, 35, wife. housekeeper; Oswald Frederick, 21, boarder, draper’s assistant; Albert Holland, 21, boarder, draper’s assistant; Edward D Sutcliffe, 25, boarder, draper’s assistant; Ernest Ellis, 19, boarder, draper’s assistant;William Owen, 21, boarder, draper’s assistant; Joseph Fraser, 20, boarder, draper’s assistant; Griffith Rees, 20, boarder. Draper’s assistant; John Fenton, 21, boarder, draper’s assistant; Ralph H Miller, 21, boarder, draper’s assistant; Daniel Watts, boarder, draper’s assistant; John Walter, boarder, draper’s assistant;Charles H Rorkoby, 25, draper’s assistant; Charles A Burwell, 24. Boarder, cabinet assistant;


48, South Street, Worthing

Ernest Ellis, 29, head, costumier and milliner; Edith (sic) but actually Elizabeth M N Ellis, 28, wife; Eric J Ellis, 3, son; Edris M Ellis, 1, daughter; Maude M Jedler, 29, costunier’s assistant; Millie Jenkins, 25, costumier’s assistant; Mabel J W Claydon, 24, sister-in-law, costumier’s assistant; Grace Short, 24, costumier’s assistant; Rose E Fretham, 19, costumier’s assistant; Annie Hubbard, 58, housekeeper; Rose King20, domestic nurse;

plus a general domestic servant


‘Ardath’ Manor Road, Worthing

Ernest Ellis, 39, head, costume and fur warehouseman; E Mary C Ellis;39, wife; Edris Ellis, 11, daughter; George Claydon, 79, father-in-law, private means;

plus a female  servant


Miscellaneous Information

Robert Powley Ellis - father of Ernest Edward Ellis

Son of a railway inspector, Robert entered service with the Great Eastern Railway Company in 1856 as a junior booking clerk at Ipswich station. He was transferred to various other stations until 1861 when he was sent to the Office of the Superintendent. In 1868 he was appointed Station Master at Kennet and later at Mistley and Sudbury. He became the local Goods Manager at Ipswich in 1875 and outdoor Assistant Goods Manager in London in 1878. In 1895 he was District Goods Manager and City Traffic Superintendent. Two years later he became Assistant Superintendent of the Line and Superintendent in 1905.

In March 1907 he was made a member of the Royal Victorian Cross (MVO) by King Edward VII at Buckingham Palace in recognition of the many Royal rail journeys he arranged and accompanied for the British Royal Family and foreign Monarchs. On retirement in 1910, he was summoned to Buckingham Palace and presented with a Souvenir by King George V and received a gold watch bearing the Edward VII cipher and a letter from Queen Alexandra.