Ellis, Leontine

Plot LocationStanley Military Cemetery
Plot 4C3
Given Name(s)Leontine
Place of Birth 
Date of Birth (Eng)circa 1894
Date of Birth (Heb) 
Date of Death (Eng)August 17, 1942
Date of Death (Heb) 
Age at Death48
Hebrew Name 
Spouse’s Name 
Father’s NameEzekiel Isaac Ellis (2E8)
Mother’s NameMadelien Heda Ellis (1C6)
Other Surnames 
Marital Status
Maiden Name 
Service RankVolunteer
Religious Status (כ/ל/י) 
Cause of DeathSecondary breast cancer
Other Family DataSiblings: Charles Ezekiel (Oswald) Ellis, Flora Ellis Edgar (2E9), Jack Ezekiel Ellis, Frederick Ezekiel Ellis, Emanuel Ezekiel Ellis, Victor Elias Ellis (2G1), Albert Reginald Ellis, Arthur Sassoon Ellis, Felix Maurice Ellis (2B1), Grace O. Ellis and Sophie Ellis
Inscription (Eng)IN LOVING MEMORY
IN D. I.
Inscription (Heb)פ׳ נ׳ ל. אליס ת׳נ׳צ׳ב׳ה׳
Inscription (Other) 
HistoricalLeontine died in the Stanley POW camp. She was suffering from breast cancer, which had spread to her lungs and abdomen.

She attended the French Convent School in Wanchai, where she was awarded the prizes for Orthography and Grammar, and for French, in March 1906. In 1915, she passed the St. John Ambulance examination, later gaining a medallion.

She was the proprietress of the Cathay Hotel, located at 804/810 Kings Road, Quarry Bay. The hotel received a number of direct hits during the war — 15 shell shots in one afternoon — and burnt down as a result in 1941.

All three sisters were members of the Nursing Detachment (ND) of the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps (HKVDC). The surviving members of the family were repatriated to England in 1945; Grace and Sophie returned to Hong Kong in 1947.

“I left the Fort (Mount Davis) during an air raid to go to the Cathay Hotel to pick up some kit. Miss Ellis, the proprietor (of the Cathay Hotel), just out of hospital, very defeatist and thinks more of her money than the outcome of the war”. (RSM Enos Charles Ford war diary).

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