Ralph Bertram Webb CRACKNELL

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CRACKNELL, Ralph Bertram Webb

Service Number: 1025
Enlisted: 25 June 1915, Colac, Victoria
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 1892
Home Town: Moonee Ponds, Moonee Valley, Victoria
Schooling: Ascot Vale State School
Occupation: Tailor
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 July 1916
Cemetery: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Plot 1, Row K, Grave 69
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Colac, Victoria
9 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1025, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1025, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 1025, 30th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 30th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

HIS DUTY NOBLY DONE

19th October 1916 The Flemington Spectator newspaper

DUTY NOBLY DONE. The following relates to the manner in which Lance Sgt. Bert. Cracknell son of Mr. and Mrs. F Cracknell, of Moonee Ponds, met his death:

In the Field, France, 23/7/1916

Dear Mr and Mrs. Cracknell,

On the 19th July our Battalion went into action, and it is with deepest sorrow that I have to inform you that, during the course of the engagement, your son (No. 1025) L..Sgt. Ralph Bertram Webb Cracknell, met with his death. We had a most difficult task, that of connecting our own trench to the German trench by means of a sap, and while leading his section out to commence this work, bravely and cheerfully, amid a tornado of shell and machine gun fire, your son fell fighting for the glorious cause---for country and for the right. Bert's death was instantaneous; he was hit on the head. He was a cheerful and willing worker, and one of the cleanest living men I ever knew, and may he be rewarded for that in the hereafter.
We all join in your sorrow, and may God rest his soul.

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Biography

Ralph Bertram Webb CRACKNELL was born in 1892 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria

His parents were Frederick CRACKNELL and Fanny Eliza WEBB

He enlisted on 25th June, 1915 with the 30th Battalion, A Company as a Corporal - Unit embarked from Sydney on HMAT Beltana on 9th Nov. 1915 - He had also served previously with the Naval Reserve

Ralph was Killed In Action on 20th July 1916 in France and is buried in Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, France

He was promoted to Temporary Lance Sergeant on  on 11th March, 1916

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

PHOTO of his headstone

http://twgpp.org/information.php?id=2116308 (twgpp.org)

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/298386/CRACKNELL,%20RALPH%20BERTRAM%20WEBB (www.cwgc.org)

EXTRACTS from letters sent home by Ralph plus his photo

http://empirecall.pbworks.com/w/page/26275346/Cracknell%20R%20B%20W%20%20%20Cpl%20%20%201025 (empirecall.pbworks.com)

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