John Ernest RAMSAY


RAMSAY, John Ernest

Service Numbers: 2057, 2057A
Enlisted: 15 November 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 5th Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Hope Valley, South Australia, 12 July 1896
Home Town: Hope Valley, Tea Tree Gully, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 16 August 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Caix British Cemetery
Caix British Cemetery, Caix, Picardie, France, Vignacourt British Cemetery, Vignacourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hope Valley & Highbury Heroes of the Great War Roll, Tea Tree Gully Hope Valley Methodist Church and District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

15 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2057, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2057, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2057, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Warilda, Adelaide
15 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 2057A, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, "The Last Hundred Days"


"The Express and Telegraph" (Adelaide, SA), Monday 16 September 1918, p. 1.

Gunner J. E. (Son) RAMSAY, who was killed in action in France on August 15, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ramsay, of Hope Valley. He enlisted early in November, 1915, and sailed with the 9th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Brigade, on February 10, 1916. From Egypt he was transferred for active service in France as a driver of an ammunition column, and later as a gunner. While in France he contracted pneumonia, and was in hospital in England for seven months. On recovering he was asked if he would accept home service in England, but preferred to rejoin his battalion and fight for his country. He was a most enthusiastic cricketer, and played for the Hope Valley team. He was also a keen footballer. He was a member of the G.U.O.O.F. [Grand United Order of Oddfellows], which he joined at the early age of six years, and he continued to be a member until his death. He had a very wide circle of friends, and was loved and respected by them all. The deepest sympathy is extended to his parents and relations, who are well known at Hope Valley, He had just spent his 22nd birthday in France.


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