Cadet Hugh Latimer Ellaby was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 8th April 1857 and whilst serving with no 6 battery, 12th Brigade, he served in the China War in 1860 and took part in the capture of Taku Forts. When most of the British forces left China by 1862, Ellaby and a detachment of his battery stayed on with a small force to Anglo French under General Staveley to protect Shanghai from Taeping rebels. The China List for that Command noting him as ‘Artillery Instructor to the Chinese’. With ever increasing threat of the rebels attacking Shanghai, in April 1862, Staveley took to the offensive with his mixed force of approximately 2200 men. This force being made up of a mixture of 2 half battalions of Indian troops, a company of the 99th Foot, 80 RA (1100), a Naval Brigade of 400 men, a French Naval Brigade of the same number and 300 Chinese troops. Over the coming months the force saw a good deal of action including the storming and capture of the walled cities of Kading, Tsingpoo, and Tsolin, and the operations at Wongkadza, Tserpoo, and Najow. By Autumn rebels had been cleared from around Shanghai and Staveley’s offensive operations ceased. Lieutenant Ellaby is noted as being based at Canton by January 1863, along with 14 men of theRoyal Artillery and 2 Officers and 28 men of the 99th Foot. Ellaby is further noted as returning home from China in February 1865. Of particular note, was Staveley’s Engineer Officer; Captain Charles Gordon, later known as Chinese Gordon (of Khartoum fame), who was one of the other Officers who took part in the 1862 offensive. Ellaby and Gordon were clearly well acquainted as an 1882 letter from Gordon to Ellaby exists, where Gordon is sending the latter a tortoise! Ellaby’s service in China is most interesting and really needs more research. On 8th August 1877, Ellaby was promoted Captain and on 3rd April 1877 to Major. In early 1879, Major Ellaby, in command of No 8 Battery, 7th Brigade Royal Artillery, was sent to South Africa to take part in the Zulu War. By the beginning of April 1879, the battery was serving in Zululand itself, a section of two 7 pdr guns and 50 men of the battery under Ellaby, forming a part of Crealock’s First Division. Crealock’s Division was tasked in supporting Chelmsford’s Second Division in its advance on Ulundi. The Division was to take the coastal route, threatening the South Eastern part of the Zulu Kingdom and hoping to draw forces away from the main Zulu Army. The route was over very difficult terrain and compounded by transport issues, the Division made slow going. It would be Chelmsford’s force that reached Ulundi, defeating the Zulu Army and taking the glory, whilst Crealock’s Division suffered the hardships of their lot. By August 1879, Ellaby and his battery were withdrawn from Zululand. On 30th April 1884, Ellaby was promoted Lt Colonel and a month later Colonel, retiring with that rank. His Army List entry is as follows: ' Major Ellaby served with the expedition to China in 1860, and was present at the capture of the Taku Forts (Medal with Clasp). Also served in the operations against the Taeping rebels in the vicinity of Shanghai in 1862; including the storm and capture of the walled cities of Kading, Tsingpoo, and Tsolin, and the minor operations of Wongkadza, Tserpoo, and Najow. with the force under General Staveley. Served in South Africa throughout the Zulu war of 1879 (Medal with Clasp).