|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Newtown, New South Wales|
|School||Fort Street Public School, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Other training||BA and LLB, Sydney University|
|Address||'Clewer', Albert Street, Strathfield, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs M Ranson, Stembrook, Oakura Street, Rockdale, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||2nd Lieutenant|
|Unit name||Light Trench Mortar Battery, Reinforcement 2|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||13/130/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||8th Light Trench Mortar Battery|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Morlancourt, France|
|Age at death||35|
|Age at death from cemetery records||35|
|Place of burial||Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 2), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Edward and Marion RANSON; husband of Martha RANSON, Oakura Street, Rockdale, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||two brothers|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 November 1916; marched in to Artillery Details, Parkhouse, 22 November 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 2 February 1917; taken on strength, 31st Bn, in the field, 4 March 1917.
Seconded for duty with 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 4 March 1917.
Wounded in action, 3 May 1917 (shrapnel wound, back and left arm) (secondment ceased on being wounded and evacuated), and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital, Etaples, 7 May 1917; to England, 15 May 1917, and admitted to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, 16 May 1917; discharged to Command Depot, Perham Downs, 10 August 1917.
Appointed Lieutenant, 11 August 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 24 August 1917; seconded for duty with 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery.
Marched out to 1st Anzac Corps School, 11 September 1917; rejoined unit, 2 October 1917.
On leave to United Kingdom, 13 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 29 January 1918.
Killed in action, 4 July 1918.
Undated statement on file, Lt C.R. THORSEN, Light Trench Mortar Battery: 'Lt. J.R. Ranson, 31st Battalion was killed whilst serving with this unit about 7 p.m. on the 4th. July, 1918. He was killed by a shell which blew his head off.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, RANSON Joseph Robert
Red Cross File No 2240601F