CA ACU GBA F0724
- 1944-1966 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
40.5 cm of textual records. -- 3 photographs
Name of creator
Ross Laird Ellis, 1916-1983, was born and educated in High River, Alberta. He joined the 15th Alberta Light Horse while still in his teens. He worked in a clothing store until Second World War when he joined the Calgary Highlanders as second lieutenant. In Britain he was an instructor at the British School of Infantry and by 1944 was CO of the Highlanders. Later he was commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade, and by war's end was a lieutenant-colonel and had received a DSO. In 1945 he formed a garage business partnership, Ellis-Heyland Motors, which he sold in 1963. He was active in High River politics, serving as town councillor (1947-1951), mayor (1951-1963), and town administrator (1963-1966). He was also Liberal-Conservative coalition Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Okotoks-High River (1955-1959). In 1944 he married Lt. Nursing Sister Marjorie Reid Scarr, 1914-2006, and they had a son and daughter, Robert and Leslie. The Ross Ellis Memorial Lecture in Military and Strategic Studies is given annually in his honour by the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Marjorie Ellis, 1983.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of scrapbooks of newsclippings of political and military career, invitations, and photographs.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.
The photoprints are in the scrapbooks.