Leslie John RALPH


RALPH, Leslie John

Service Number: 2665
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wire mattress worker
Died: Killed in Service, France, 25 April 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

21 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2665, 5th Pioneer Battalion
21 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2665, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
25 Apr 1918: Involvement Private, SN 2665, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.


Prior to enlistment Ralph had served two years in the Senior Cadets before joining the 80 th Battalion of the Citizens Military Forces. He had undertaken an apprenticeship as a wire mattress worker, having undertaken 4-1/2 years of his apprenticeship with James Marshall department store in Rundle Street Adelaide.

Ralph was a runner for ‘C’ Company. He and another were sent out from the front trench in front of Villers-Brentonneux but failed to return. We found them later both having been killed by a shell and they were buried together in the shell hole. I saw their bodies. I don’t know the other man’s name. We buried them the night of the day they were killed, just as we dug in. I sent home a parcel to his people. – Coventry, J. F. 4511 50 th Battalion Hut 12, Westham.

On 25 th April at Villers-Bretonneaux about 4 o’clock in the afternoon he was Company Runner, and was coming back from Headquarters and had got within 15 yards of our trench we shot by a sniper, hit in the head, killed outright. Was buried just behind the line. I was in the burial party; cross erected. Grave is beyond the village about 3/400 yards from outskirts on the edge of a wood. I knew him as Ralph; came from Prospect South Australia. – Private R. Bennets 4436 50 th Battalion ‘C’ Company.