Ellis Silas

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First name: Ellis

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Last name: Silas

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Ellis Silas (1885-1972), painter and illustrator, sailed from London to Australia in 1907 and settled in Perth, Western Australia. He enlisted in October 1914 and was made a private in the 16th Battalion, C Company. He trained as a signaller and embarked for Egypt from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914. His unit landed at Gallipoli on the evening of the 25 April 1915 where he served at Pope's Hill, Quinn's Post and Bloody Angle until 28 May 1915 when he was evacuated to Egypt suffering from shell shock and fever

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.

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