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Biography of James Perry Ellis

Oak Branch, Texas

James Ellis was a private in the United States Army. He joined the Army on February 20, 1917. He received training at Camp Travis in San Antonio, Texas, and was assigned to Company E, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. He was sent overseas on June 10, 1917 in the first group of transports carrying U.S. troops to France. 

The 1st Division was held in reserve behind the lines in training until May of 1918. On May 28 a detachment of troops including Ellis reinforced by French artillery attacked over a 2,200 yard German front. They inflicted heavy losses upon the Germans and captured 200 prisoners while occupying the town  of Cantigny in the Somme region of northern France, but Private James Perry Ellis was killed in action on May 28, 1918. 

He was the son of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Ellis of Waxahachie. He was born on February 15, 1893 in Oak Branch, and was educated in his place of his birth. He is buried in the Oak Branch Cemetery. He is listed on the Waxahachie World War I Monument and the Ellis County Veterans Memorial.


The picture and bio information are courtesy of Perry Giles, Giles Monument Company, Waxahachie, Texas.


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