The Men

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LEMON, ELLIS GEORGE

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Text on stone:

Private
14649945
17/09/1944
19
Hampshire Regiment 1st Bn.
II. A. 20.
He gave his life that we might live

Additional Information:
Son of George and Catherine Lemon, of Norwich.

Was killed in the opening battles of operation Market Garden. His unit was clearing the flanks just before the Dutch border.

In answer to your letters, I have found a photograph of Private Ellis George Lemon, my uncle, who was killed in 1944 at the Battle of Arnhem, and also a letter which he sent to Enid Lemon (his sister and my mother) shortly before he was killed.  Ellis was born in 1926 and lived with his parents and sister in a railway worker’s cottage at Harling Road, near East Harling, as his father (my grandfather) worked as a plate layer based at Harling Road station. I believe Ellis worked as a farm hand before joining the army. He joined up with the Norfolk regiment but was taken ill with yellow fever and was hospitalized when his regiment left England for France.  When he recovered he was sent with the Hampshire regiment to fight in the battle of Arnhem.  He was 19 years old when he was killed, his sister Enid was 16 at the time. As well as his immediate family he left a fiancée, Mary, who lived in Norwich (she is mentioned in the letter) as well as aunts, uncles and cousins in Norwich and in Suton, near Wymondham. This is as much as I know as he died before I was born and there are now no surviving relatives who knew him.