"Lee was a very special son, father, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin and friend. Lee had a big personality and sense of humor, he lived life to the full,he played football enjoyed boxing but most of all he loved being a father to his little girl courtney, who is five years old. Many things have been written about Lee, his life in the army and his life leading up to him joing the army and how proud we as his family are of him. I would like to tell everybody how much Lee was loved by us all how much we miss him and how every day we think about him and like all the other familes in the same situation we wounder why." Mrs Veronica Bariek.
Private Lee Ellis was born on 24th January 1983. He lived in Wythenshawe, Manchester with his fiancée Sarah and his daughter Courtney.
Private Ellis joined the Army in September 2003 and completed his basic training at the Infantry Training Centre (Catterick). In April 2004 he joined D Company, the Second Battalion The Parachute Regiment. Suffering from an injury in 2005, he showed typical fortitude and determination to recover. He deployed to Iraq in October 2005 with D Company and operated in Maysaan Province as part of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Battle Group.
Private Ellis was a keen sportsman. An apprentice with Wigan Athletic Football Club, he gave up a career in professional football to join The Parachute Regiment. A committed Manchester City supporter; he made every effort to watch each televised match. An equally keen boxer, he looked forward to representing his Company and the Battalion on its return to Colchester.
Private Lee Ellis was not only a comrade but a close friend to many. He will be sorely missed by all those who were privileged to serve with and know him. Our thoughts are with his family and young daughter.
Lieutenant Colonel Chiswell said of Private Ellis:
"Bright, enthusiastic and immensely popular, Private Ellis displayed all the qualities of a first class Paratrooper. His strength of character and dedication were reflected in his determination to overcome injury and to join his friends and comrades on operations in southern Iraq.
"His comradeship stood out; he was always willing to help others, and invariably did so with a smile on his face. Hardworking, professional and with an irrepressible sense of humour, he showed enormous compassion in his dealing with the local Iraqis he encountered, whether they were Police, civilians or children.
"He was a natural team player who always looked out for others and who was always upbeat and focused. Above all else he was a total professional, dedicated to his task. He made a genuine difference in Iraq.
"Private Ellis was an outstanding soldier, comrade and friend. He will be sorely missed by all those who have served with him and our thoughts are with his fiancée and family."