|This photograph was identified by a previous collector as Deputy Assistant Commissary-General of Ordnance Fraser
Mellis - a mistake carried over to soldiersofthequeen.com. Mr. John Young has kindly provided the correct identity of
Pictured above 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 in Bengal.
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
Philip Mackay Ellis graduated from medical school in 1876 and entered the Army an year later. His military career
was as follows:
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 station in India and at the time that the Medical
Department's 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 Caenarvonshire.
Ellis died on 16 May, 1919 at his home in Pwllheli, Caenarvonshire.
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
name as "Mellis" into this it 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