Ralph Norman PRINGLE

Regimental number1229
Date of birth28 August 1892
Place of birthGlencoe, New South Wales
OccupationCordial maker
AddressFurracabod Street, Glen Innes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs H McDonald, Wellingrove, Glen Innes, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
son of Mrs Harriett MCDONALD (formerly PRINGLE), Glen Innes, New South Wales and the late William PRINGLE
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1228 Pte Francis Charles PRINGLE, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 21 December 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 4 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 July 1916.

Found guilty of being absent without leave, midnight, 28 October 1916, to midnight, 29 October 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No. 2 and total forfeiture of 15 days' pay. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 6 December 1917; discharged, 31 January 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 57 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; rejoined 33rd Bn in the field, 19 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 29 May 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm, left thigh); admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 30 May 1917. Transferred to England, 1 June 1917, Royal Victorian Hospital, Netley, 2 June 1917. transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 20 June 1917; granted furlough, 5 July 1917, to report to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 September 1917; rejoined unit, 22 September 1917.

Killed in action, 29 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal