Last Man Killed

'Last Man Killed' who were the last to die?

The final British soldier to be killed in action was Private George Edwin Ellison. At 9.30 am Pte Ellison of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers was scouting on the outskirts of the Belgian town of Mons where German soldiers had been reported in a wood. Almost a million British soldiers had been killed in those intervening years, yet almost miraculously Pte Ellison had so far escaped uninjured. In just over an hour the ceasefire would come into force, the war would be over and Pte Ellison, a former coal miner, would return to the terraced street in Leeds to see his wife Hannah and their four-year-old son James. And then the shot rang out. George was dead - the last British soldier to be killed in action in WWI. A commemorative service was held at Saxton Garden, Leeds, on July 2014.

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