|Pictured is Surgeon Philip Mackay Ellis of the Army Medical Department. The photograph is dated on the reverse
"10-9-78" and was probably taken just prior to Ellis deploying to India. The Army list of 1879 shows him being station
Ellis was born in Madeira, Portugal on 30 January 1855 being the son of John and Julia Ellis. John Ellis was a wealthy
landowner with the 1861 Census for Chudleigh, Devon listing his mother Julia's occupation simply as"Gentlewoman".
Philip Mackay Ellis graduated from medical school in 1876 and entered the Army a year later. His military career was
Surgeon - 5 August 1877
Surgeon-Major - 5 August 1889
Surgeon-Lieutenant-Colonel - 5 August 1897
Colonel - 13 August 1904
Surgeon-Major-General - 31 December 1908
Retired Pay - 23 April 1910
Ellis served in the Burmese Expedition (1885-87) being entitled to the 1854 India General Service Medal with the
clasp "Burma 1885-87". Ellis spent a large portion of his career stationed in India and at the time that the Medical
Department's medal roll for the Burmese Expedition was compiled (13 September 1887) he was posted with No. 5
British Filed Hospital in Bombay. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath but I have been unable to
find the specific date for this honor in the London Gazette.
Ellis married Miss Gertrude Septima Manders in 1895 at Newton Abbott, Devon.
During World War One Ellis acted as county director of the British Red Cross for Caernarvonshire.
Ellis died on 16 May 1919 at his home in Pwllheli, Caernarvonshire.
Carte de Visite
Henri Claudet - Photographer
107 Regent Street, W. London, England
10 September 1878
|Above: The carte de visite's reverse side showing the former collector's pencil note identifying the sitter as Fraser
Brown Mellis. The name actually reads "PMellis" . The original writer (Ellis himself?) for some reason left out the
spaces and periods between the first two initials and used a large lower case "e" in place of the capital version of that