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Born: 1895, Eccleshill
Died: 22 November 1914
Buried: Merville Community Cemetery
Address: 4 Oxford Road, Undercliffe
Parents: Charles Arthur and Annie Shevill, nee Horn
Siblings: George, Edith, Harry
Occupation: Telegrph Messeger, Bradford Post Office
Rank: Drummer
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Ralph Waller
Ralph Waller was born in 1895 in Eccleshill the son of Charles Arthur and Annie Shevill, nee Horn. In 1901 Charles and Annie were living at 32 Dudley Hill Road and Charles was working as a plumber. By 1911 they had moved to 4 Oxford Road. Ralph was not at home in 1911 having enlisted as Drummer 9510 in the 2nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) which was stationed at Sobraon Barracks, Circular Road, Colchester. He was 15 years of age and gave his occupation as telegraph
messenger at Bradford Post Office. When War broke out in August 1914 his Battalion was stationed in Malta. They returned to England, landing in Southampton on the 25th September when they came under the orders of the 23rd Brigade, 8th Division. After home leave the Battalion departed for the Western Front landing in Le Havre on the 5th November 1914. His Battalion was involved in the first Battle of Ypres 19th October to the 22nd of November and on the 18th of November he was wounded in action and later died on the 22nd
in the No. 7 Clearing hospital. He was 19 years of age and had only been at the Front for six weeks. Ralph is buried in the Merville Communal Cemetery which remained in Allied hands for most of the war. He left his effects to his mother Annie Shevill who received £5.18.0d on the 9th March 1915 and a War Gratuity of £5.0.0d on the 11th of June 1919. His family were still living at 4 Oxford Road when on the 22nd of November 1940 they placed a memorial in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph.
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Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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