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Charles RALPH

Regimental number1716
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Hannah Ralph, Cavers Wall Lane, Blyth Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Enlistment date17 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During a minor operation near SAILY LE SEC near ALBERT on the night 14th/15th April, 1918, this N.C.O. was in charge of one of the parties operating. He displayed great gallantry on approaching the post and led his party onto the flank of the enemy thus completing the surprise and surrounding the post. He personally killed one of the enemy and then took up a position to protect the other parties operating. His conduct throughout was a fine example of leadership and an excellent example to the men under his care. This operation was carried out under enemy machine gun fire and within 100 yards of the enemy main position. His action was fearless and bravely conducted.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 December 1968

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