Joshua Ellis was born in Ossett in 1882, the son of cloth manufacturer Henry Ellis and his wife Mary (nee Swallow), both of Ossett, who married at Dewsbury All Saints Parish Church on the 16th May 1876.
In 1891 Henry and Mary Ellis and their seven children: five boys and 2 girls, all born in Ossett between 1879 and 1890, were living at 7, School Lane, Ossett and by 1901 the family had moved to live at 'South Field House', Manor Road, Ossett. Joshua, then aged 18, was a factory overlooker, most probably working for his father’s business as a woollen manufacturer.
In Spring 1903, Joshua, a rag merchant, aged 20 years, married 29 year-old Julia Land and in 1907 they had a son, Oliver Rowland Ellis. By 1911, Joshua and his wife and son were living in a spacious seven-roomed house on Storrs Hill. Staying with the Ellis family is Julia’s 27 year-old brother, Charles Herbert Land, who, the census records, was 'born feeble minded'.
In 1911 Joshua’s parents and four of his siblings remained living in an 8-roomed house on Manor Road.
Joshua Ellis is remembered on the Ossett War Memorial. However, it is not yet known which regiment he served with during WW1. No service record or CWGC record has been found for Joshua Ellis and to date he remains an unknown quantity.