Dick Ellis

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Person.png Dick Ellis   SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(soldier, spook)
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Born13th February 1895
Sydney, Australia
Died5 July 1975 (Age 80)
Eastborne, UK
Founder ofInterdoc


Charles Howard (Dick) Ellis was second son of William Edward Ellis and his wife Lillian Mary. His father was a clothing manufacturer. After the death of his wife, Ellis moved his family to Melbourne. After finishing his education he worked for the booksellers, Melville & Mullen. He also played oboe with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society. He sailed to England in June 1914.

World War I

He was initially rejected as too short to fight but later accepted.


According to Frank Cain, after the war Ellis "Began a course in Russian at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, England. In 1922-23 he was a captain, Territorial Army Reserve, based in Constantinople on intelligence work. At the British High Commission on 12 April 1923 he married a 17-year-old White Russian, Elizabeth (Lilia) Zelensky; they were to have a son before being divorced. In December Ellis became British vice-consul in Berlin: there and elsewhere he maintained surveillance on White Russians fabricating intelligence documents for the British Special (Secret) Intelligence Service (M.I.6) and probably joined the S.I.S. at this time."

He was the handler of Anton Turkul.[citation needed]

He worked for the British Security Coordination.[1]


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