Ralph Ernest DISHER


DISHER, Ralph Ernest

Service Number: 1318
Enlisted: 2 August 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Bordertown, South Australia, 19 January 1885
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank Accountant
Died: Struck by schrapnel in the neck, died immediately of wound, Munkela, Palestine, 19 April 1917, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel
26/2/1918 Body exhumed and reburied in Grave 510B. Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Deir El Belah, Israel. His name is located at panel 7 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: 10th Light Horse Regiment Memorial WA, Aldgate Honour Board, Aldgate War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Carnarvon War Memorial, Geraldton Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Honour Roll, Geraldton District Honour Roll, Homebush Western Australian Bank WW1 Roll of Honor, Stirling Uniting Church Lych Gate
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Perth, Western Australia
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1318, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1318, 10th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Themistocles, Fremantle
19 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1318, 10th Light Horse Regiment

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Father John Ralph Disher and Mother             (nee ______)
living at Aldgate, South Australia.

Sister:   Ethel Mary Discher, Aldgate.

Previous service 3 years in Mt Lofty RC - still serving on enlisting.

Described on enlisting as 30 years 4 months old; single; 6' 3/4" tall; 11 stone 11 1/2 lbs;
fair complexion; blue-grey eyes; light brown hair; Church of England.

25/6/1915        Completed medical at Carnarvon, WA - fit for service

2/8/1915          Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia

8/10/1915        Commanding Officer appointed Ralph to
                        10th reinforcements, 10th Light Horse Regiment
                        at Blackboy Hill Camp

13/10/1915      Embarked from Fremantle on board HMAT A32 Themistocles
                        Private with 10th reinforcements, 10th Light Horse Regiment

26/2/1916        Absorbed from reinforcements and marched out o Serapeum, Heliopolis

29/12/1916      Promoted to Lance Corporal - Masaid


Honour and Award Recommendation:-


1/4/1917            Struck by schrapnel in the neck, died immediately of wound
                          Sinai, Palestine
                          - unburied in Enemy Territory, El Munkheilah

Later buried in:   'Sausage' Ridge,  Gaza


Noted from Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Bureau:

26/2/1918          Body exhumed and reburied:
buried in:           Grave 510B
                          Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Deir El Belah, Israel
buried by:          Chaplain Captain F H King

WWI 1914-15 Star (25829); British War Medal (21999); Victory medal (21923);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (320135).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   15/11/2014.  Lest we forget.