Ellis was born with his twin brother, Thomas Stanley on the 12th May 1899 in Aston Lane, Preston Brook. They were the second and third of eight children born to Thomas and Sarah Norman. Their father was a porter for a railway company and had also been born in Preston Brook, around 1866. Their mother, Sarah Yarwood, had been born in High Leigh around 1870.
Ellis’s elder sister Olive May was born in 1898 and then the family moved to Norton Cottages when Thomas senior became a night watchman. Two more children were born while they were living at Norton Cottages, Albert Victor in 1902 and Doris Winifred in 1903.
The family then moved to Aston when Thomas senior became a tonnage clerk for the canal company. By 1911, three more boys were born in Aston; Edmund Cyril in 1906, Sydney Raymond in 1907 and Gilbert Bernard in 1909.
The family worshipped at Aston Lane chapel in Preston Brook.
Ellis served as a private with the 24th Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers (service number 93443). He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
After the War, Ellis learned to drive a car and became a chauffeur at Dunsdale in Netherton, Frodsham.
On the 1st June 1929 when he was thirty years old, Ellis married Annie Lloyd, twenty five years old, at the Trinity Chapel in Runcorn. Annie was one of three children born to Daniel and Mary Ann Lloyd and lived at The Quay at Frodsham Bridge. Sadly only two months later Annie died on the 29th August from complications during pregnancy.
By 1935 Ellis was living in Aston and on the 20th April, he married his second wife, Elsie Hulse from Frodsham. The ceremony took place in the parish church of St. Lawrence. Elsie was the only child of Thomas and Ada Hulse and lived near Frodsham Bridge.
Only four days later Ellis’s twin brother, Thomas, also got married.
By 1939 Ellis and Elsie lived at Rose Cottage, Northwich Road, Aston with their son and Ellis worked as a roadman for the county council. He also served with the A.R.P. at a decontamination centre.
Ellis and Elsie went to live in 24 High Street, Frodsham and Ellis worked as a labourer for the Gas Board.
Elsie died on the 17th March 1960 aged 54 years old.
Shortly after he retired Ellis died on the 29th July 1966 aged 67 years old.