Sunday, December 23, 2012

Captain Jack Ellwood [1923 -1945]

1. Captain Jack Ellwood (1923 - 1945)
2. The former Keswick Station & Station Master's house

Captain John ('Jack') Ellwood (1923 - 1945) 
A WW2 casualty from Keswick, Cumberland
Son of a former Keswick Station Master   
Accidentally killed in Germany (7 July 1945)
Photograph: Courtesy of 'The Whitehaven News'
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.


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Additional information

Some biographical information

Captain John ('Jack') Ellwood (1923 - 1945) was accidentally killed in a motoring accident in Detmold, Germany on the night of 6 / 7 July 1945. His final resting place is at Munster Heath War Cemetery, Germany (Grave Ref.: 1.A.24). At the time of his death, Captain Ellwood was serving with the 1st Bn. The King's (Liverpool) Regiment.

Jack Ellwood was the younger son of John Ellwood and Mary A. Ellwood (nee Kennish) of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire (now Cumbria). His elder brother, Thomas, served in the Navy during the war. Mr John Ellwood (Snr) was the Station Master for the of the L.M.S. railway company. He had previously been employed as a clerk by the L.M.S. at Moor Row and Egremont in West Cumberland and then as Station Master at Keswick before taking up the Station Master's post at Barrow-in-Furness.

While his father was Station Master at Keswick Jack Ellwood (Jnr) was educated at Keswick School. Despite being brought up at Keswick and attending school there, Jack Ellwood is not commemorated on the Keswick War Memorial.

An outstanding scholar, Jack Ellwood went on to study Law at London University before enlisting to the Army. He had intended to resume his law studies at the university upon demobilisation and had gained a scholarship after his previous examination results. At the time of his death, Jack Ellwood was also engaged to be married. He was due to return home on leave a couple of days after the accident in which he was killed. Captain Ellwood's fiancée had travelled from Scotland to his parents home at Barrow-in-Furness for a reunion when word of his tragic death in Germany was received.

CWGC citation

This is the CWGC citation for Captain Jack Ellwood, King's (Liverpool) Regiment:

Rank: Captain
Service No: 256395
Date of Death: 07/07/1945
Regiment/Service: The King's Regiment (Liverpool), 1st Bn. (Liverpool).
Grave Reference: 1. A. 24.

Additional Information:
(Not listed by CWGC)
Son of John Ellwood and Mary A. Ellwood (née Kennish) of 88 Park Avenue, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire
(Formerly of Keswick and Seascale, Cumberland)


This article is dedicated to the memory of Captain Jack Ellwood, King's (Liverpool) Regiment.

May he rest in peace.

His parents placed the following obituary notice in the 'Family Notices' section of 'The Whitehaven News' on Thursday, 19 July 1945:


Ellwood - On July 7th, as the result of a traffic accident whilst serving with the B.L.A. in Germany, Capt. Jack Ellwood, younger son of Mr and Mrs J. Ellwood, 88 Park Avenue, Barrow-in-Furness, late of Keswick and Seascale, aged 22 years".


Cumbria County Archives & Local Studies Centre
(Whitehaven Records Office)

The Whitehaven News

Sunday, 23 December, 2012  

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