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The Ellison Family

Vernon Ellison Vernon Ellison (left), ca 1920. BC Archives D-09535

The Ellison family was well known in Vernon, as their father served as a provincial MLA, and as Minister of Finance and Agriculture. Before his career as a politician, he worked as a blacksmith and farmer. His sons were living on the family farm when they enlisted.

Price F. Ellison, the eldest son, joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles in 1915, and his two younger brothers Albert and Vernon enlisted together in 1917, although they seem to have been assigned to duties in England rather than France. The bulk of the letters are from Price F., who fought in France and ended his military career with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps.

Price makes some interesting comments in one of his early letters about the way that the military treated the horses: “I saw the black mare that Charley Skill used to have the other day, but she is looking like a scarecrow - but most of the Canadian horses are looking fine. You can tell an Imperial horse from a Canadian one a mile away – most of those Englishmen never saw an animal in their natural lives before. “



Find these records in the BC Archives

MS-0249, Ellison family correspondence, Box 1, Selected files, 1915 - 1919

Letters from Price F., Vernon, Herbert and Albert Ellison of Vernon, B.C., to their mother Mrs. Price Ellison, and their sisters Elizabeth and Ellen.