Les Ellis ~ Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (Retired)
Recipient of the
DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL

The DCM was awarded to Warrant Officers, non-commissioned officers, and men, serving in any of the sovereign's military forces, for distinguished conduct in the field. It was the second highest award for gallantry in action, after the Victoria Cross.

Ellis Portrait
Painting by Lawren Harris
DCM
Source - VAC
Ellis Photo
Photo by Tim Cumming

 
CITATION: This N.C.O. landed with the first wave at Puys, during the operation in the Dieppe area, 19 Aug 42. After a gap was blown in the wire on the sea-wall, L/Cpl Ellis passed through the gap and proceeded up the hill to the right. He immobilized booby traps, explored a recently abandoned enemy post, and arriving at the top, engaged an enemy post east of the beach.
Finding himself alone, and seeing the second wave coming in, he returned to the wall to guide them forward. Coming across a comrade paralyzed in both legs he dragged him nearly back to the wall. Here the wounded man was killed and L/Cpl Ellis himself wounded. He succeeded in crossing the wall and was evacuated as a casualty.
L/Cpl Ellis in this action displayed the greatest initiative, skill and devotion to duty

 

 
The following article has been penned by Private Apprentice Guy Gaudreault (5 Platoon) to recognize the exploits of one of our finest RCASC members. Although Mr. Ellis did not remuster to "the" Corps until after the war, his heroism should be recognized.


WO I (Ret'd) LG (Les) Ellis DCM CD retired in 1971 after 37 years in the Service, spending the last 25 with the RCASC, his final posting at CFSAL. He had transferred in 1946 from the Corps Of Military Staff Clerks.

Today, at 85 years old, he still enjoys life with his beloved wife Terry. They live in the lovely lakeside town of Goderich ON, and are cherished by their proud children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We were graciously hosted recently by this wonderful couple at their home by Lake Huron, (I had not seen Les since 1959). My wife and I were amazed at their kindness and their "joie de vivre".

I had a chance to pick up photos, documents and books needed to get a sense, a true account, of this great soldier's deed. Many articles and books have been published such as: Battle Royal; The Shame and the Glory; Dieppe; and; Dieppe At Dawn, on Operation Jubilee, which include accounts of L/Cpl Ellis' accomplishment. Because of his modesty, many of us in the Corps, however, did not know of his actions on the battlefield nor that he had been awarded the DCM. He would never answer our queries. This is my effort to correct that.

I had planned on writing a short digest of my findings in all the materiel available to me, but found myself unqualified to undertake such a task. Instead we have reproduced an excellent article written on Remembrance Day 2003. (see Signal-Star Article).

Guy Gaudreault ~ 30 march 2004