The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Ralph
First Name:
Henry Waldock
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX20068
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Company
Enlisted:
22.09.1941
DOB:
23.02.1919
Place of Birth:
Toodyay, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Henry Waldock Ralph
Mothers's Name:
Rose Ellen Ralph
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 22.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

Henry Waldock Ralph
Henry Waldock Ralph

 

 

19 January 1939 Ralph aged 209 years enlisted with 10th Light Horse Regiment Militia.  He recorded NOK his Grandfather. J. Ralph of Toodyay.  His Service No.was 279249.  He was discharged 18 August 1939.

He enlisted AIF 22 Sept 1941.  He then joined AIF.  He became a reinforcement for 2/4th MGB, boarding ‘Aquitania’ at Guage Roads, Fremantle on 15th January to sail to Singapore.  Henry had about 3 months training at Northam, a little more than some.

4.5 months later Henry was KIA at South West Bukit Timah on 11 February 1942 when ‘E’ Company ran into a Japanese ambush.  He was just 22 years old.   Tragically there was a huge loss of life.  In today’s world would new and inexperienced soldiers be sent to the battle front in one Battalion?

Please read further about ‘E’ Company.

 

The above notice is from Rose Ellen’s sister Ida who married 1924 to Edward J Butler, Gin Gin.

Henry’s mother Rose Ellen married Edward J Lord 1926 at Northam.  It believed the above notice is from Ted and Rose Ellen (Nell).

Henry Ralph’s name is included on the Toodyay Honour Board for WW2.

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