Private Edgar Thomas Ellison (1889-1964) moved to Wickhamford during the First World War. He was the son of Thomas and Annie Ellison. In 1901 the family was living at 64 Port Street, Bengeworth and Thomas was recorded in the census as a ‘Job Master’, working on his own account. By 1911 the family had moved to Sylvan Villas, Badsey, where Thomas was market gardening and Edgar was a hawker of lamp oil.
In 1914, Edgar married Badsey-born Ada Mary Taylor at Badsey Church. They settled in Wickhamford, where three children were born: David William, Kenneth Austin (1920-2002) and Mary Ann (1926).
Nothing is known of Edgar’s Army service other than the fact that he appears in the 1919 Absent Voters’ list. This records that he was in the Army Service Corps (No 278560). No Army records survive.
Around 1931-1932, Edgar and family moved from Wickhamford to 32 Synehurst, Badsey. His second son, Kenneth Ellison, whilst a pupil at Badsey Council School, wrote a letter in 1933 describing life in a market gardening community.
Edgar’s death is reported in the Badsey Parish Magazine of March 1964.