| Dick Ellis |
|Born||13th February 1895|
|Died||5 July 1975 (Age 80)|
Charles Howard (Dick) Ellis was second son of William Edward Ellis and his wife Lillian Mary. His father was a clothing manufacturer. After the death of his wife, Ellis moved his family to Melbourne. After finishing his education he worked for the booksellers, Melville & Mullen. He also played oboe with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society. He sailed to England in June 1914.
World War I
He was initially rejected as too short to fight but later accepted.
According to Frank Cain, after the war Ellis "Began a course in Russian at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, England. In 1922-23 he was a captain, Territorial Army Reserve, based in Constantinople on intelligence work. At the British High Commission on 12 April 1923 he married a 17-year-old White Russian, Elizabeth (Lilia) Zelensky; they were to have a son before being divorced. In December Ellis became British vice-consul in Berlin: there and elsewhere he maintained surveillance on White Russians fabricating intelligence documents for the British Special (Secret) Intelligence Service (M.I.6) and probably joined the S.I.S. at this time."
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