BORN HULL 1892. SON OF GEORGE & MARY ELEY, AT THIS ADDRESS & 18 GOODWIN STREET, ANLABY ROAD, HULL. HE HAD TWO BROTHERS AND EIGHT SISTERS WHO ALL LIVED IN THE WALKER STREET AREA. WORKED AS A PORTER. DESCRIBED AS 5 FOOT 3 INCHES TALL, 128 LBS AND 36 INCH CHEST, BLUE EYES, BROWN HAIR. ENLISTED HULL, 05/10/1914. HULL PAL. SERVED IN EGYPT. TRANSFERRED TO FRANCE, 08/03/1916. KILLED AT OPPY WOOD, 03/05/1917, AGED 25. HE WAS UNMARRIED. HIS WAR PENSION WENT TO FATHER GEORGE. HIS BROTHER, WILLIAM ELEY, SERVED IN THE RFA, & LIVED AT 93 WALCOTT STREET, HULL.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. PRIVATE ERNEST ELEY 12/897. Born in 1892 Ernest was one of eleven children to George and Mary Eley of 79 Goodwin Street, Hull. A Porter by trade he enlisted at City Hall on 5th October 1914 joining the fledgling 12th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, 3rd Hull Pals. He stood at 5ft 3in, and had brown hair and blue eyes. Apart from being docked two days pay for overstaying a pass 25/26th October 1915 Ernest is pretty much the invisible man. Like all the Pals he shipped from Devonport just before Christmas 1915 and endured the wild Bay of Biscay seas which painted such a memorable picture as well as painting the deck of the ship with the collective efforts of thousands of men unused to stormy weather and ocean waves. He landed at Port Said on 28th December, served protecting Suez from the Turkish army until they shipped out of Alexandria on 29th February 1916 bound for Marseilles and the train north to Armentieres and the trenches of the Western Front. Other than that the next he is mentioned is being missing following the slaughter at Oppy Wood on 3rd May 1917, and later presumed to have been killed. His body was never recovered and his name joins that of 36,816 others with no known grave on the Arras Memorial. He was 24 years old.