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Shirley Duncan Ellis

In memory of:

Second Lieutenant Shirley Duncan Ellis

March 19, 1916

Military Service






Royal Engineers


173rd Coy.


Military Cross

Additional Information

Son of Ada Leslie Ellis, of Victoria, British Columbia, and William Harrington Ellis, of Port Hope, Ontario. Formerly served as a Pte. in the Artists' Rifles.

Commemorated on Page 571 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

III. R. 2.


Bethune is located 29 kilometres north of Arras. The BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY is on the northern outskirts of Bethune near the junction of the River Lawe and the Aire la Bassee Canal. From the town centre turn right in front of the Tribunal and second right at the bottom of the road down to the cul de sac.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Daily Colonist of March 21, 1916.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Daily Colonist of April 21, 1916. Image taken from web address of
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Daily Colonist of December 12, 1916. Image taken from web address of
  • Roll of Service– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Photo of Shirley Duncan Ellis– From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto 1916.  
Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers' Tower was built at University of Toronto between 1919-1924 in memory of those lost to the University in the Great War. The name of "2nd Lt S. D. Ellis M.C: R.E." is among the 628 names carved on the Memorial Screen, which can be seen at photo left. Photo:  K. Parks
  • Memorial Room– Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto.  Photo by David Pike, 2010.

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