Invitation to commemorative service

One of Frodsham’s heroes, Able Seaman Leonard Ellams (Royal Navy), who was killed in action during the WW1 raid on Zeebrugge on 23 April 1918 aged 21 will be honouted at a service at St Laurence Church on Sunday 22 April.

Leonard was born on 1 June 1896. Details provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission say that he was the son of Mrs Alice Didsbury of 22 Volunteer Street. In 1901, Leonard was living with his grandparents, David and Elizabeth Ellams at 7 Volunteer Street. By 1911 he was a 14 year old labourer in the oil cake works, still living at 7 Volunteer Street, though the head of the household was his uncle, Arthur Ellams.

Leonard was killed or died as a direct result of enemy action at Zeebrugge on 23 April 1918. His service papers show that he was balloted for the VC for his part in the raid at Zeebrugge. He is buried in the churchyard of St Laurence Church.