Warrant Officer - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves - Service No. 1425498
Frank Noel Ellis was born on 22nd December 1921 in Gravesend, Kent. His father was Frank Ellis, a post office engineer, and his mother was Adelena Marian Catherine (née Doughty). The first school he attended was the Convent High School in Gravesend.
In 1931 Frank Ellis joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station. In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Frank’s address as 47 Trosley Avenue, Gravesend. Whilst at the School, Frank was in Downs House, he won a Form Prize in !936 and 1937, he was Rugby Captain in 1939-40 and Deputy Head Boy. He was also a member of the Debating Society, Chess Club and Dramatic Society; taking part in Treasure Island in 1938. Frank accompanied the School when it was evacuated in September 1939 to Shipmeadow, between Beccles and Bungay, on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.
In 1940 Frank left the School having won the Dunlop Scholarship to the University of London to study for a BSc in Economics. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves in April 1941 and trained at Cranwell, Service Number 1425498. As a Warrant Officer he served in Gibraltar, Malta and the Middle East.
Frank was then sent to India, flying with the 308 Maintenance Unit Bamrauli, near Allahabad, India, which repaired and stored aircraft. On 14th April 1944, Frank Ellis, together with Sqadron Leader Harris OC 20CMU and five other airmen, were killed when their Liberator Q22 had an accident during a test flight. The aircraft broke up in the air over Maharajpur. Frank was 22 years old. He is remembered at Delhi War Cemetery 7. J. 6.
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: