Ralph John DART

Badge Number: V55056, Sub Branch: State

DART, Ralph John

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 9 July 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Burra, South Australia Australia, 6 December 1890
Home Town: Mundoora, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Wayville, South Australia, 6 May 1962, aged 71 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Cremation. RSL, Wall 119, Niche E004
Memorials: Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Hackney St Peter's College Honour Board, Mundoora War Memorial, Port Broughton War Memorial, Yacka Public School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer
14 Aug 1916: Involvement 5th Pioneer Battalion
14 Aug 1916: Embarked 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Itria, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 5th Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Ralph was the son of Henry John and Evelyn Dart of Mundoora.  Henry Dart was the head teacher at the Mundoora Public School. Ralph was born at Burra on 7 December 1890. An engineer, Ralph was 24 years old he enlisted on 22 July 1915.

Ralph was appointed to 4th Reinforcements 5th Pioneer Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A53 “Itria” on 14 August and disembarked in Devonport on 30 October. In England he qualified 1st class at the rifle course held at the school of musketry and displayed a fair working knowledge of the Lewis Gun. On 20 April 1917 Ralph proceeded overseas to France and was taken on strength of 5 Pioneer Battalion in the field. Ralph was appointed a lieutenant on 15 May and in August was appointed a Lewis Gun Officer. Near Corbie, on 2 May 1918 Ralph was slightly wounded with a gunshot wound to his nose but remained on duty.

After the cessation of hostilities Ralph took leave and studied electrical engineering with British Westinghouse Company Limited. He embarked from England on 1 November 1919 and disembarked from HMAT A71“Nestor” on 12 December. His appointment was terminated on 4 February 1920.