7th Battalion Rifle Brigade
Charles Ralph was killed on active service on 30th July 1915 aged 34. He was the son of James and Annie Ralph of 40, Liverpool Road. The 1911 census indicate that his mother was head of the family and Charles occupation is given and supernumenry railway porter, his mother was a waiting room assistant. Other family members were five youngers sibilings, four sisters the youngest aged 14 who worked as a sewing machine assistant, a drapers assistant, a dressmaker, a bookbinder and a brother at the biscuit factory.
Charles Ralph was a regular soldier and had served for eight years in India and Africa.
He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres Panels 46-48 and 50
Ernest Herbert Relf
337th Siege Battery
Royal Garrison Artillery
Ernest Herbert Relf was the son of John and Ellen Sophie Relf. The 1911 census indicates that his parents and sister Rose ran an Athletics Outfitters. His occupation is given as Professional Cricketer.
Research revealed that Ernest was one of three Relf brothers who played for Sussex prior to the war. His brother Albert played over 500 times for Sussex and 13 tests for England, he was acknowledged as an accomplished all rounder. Brother Robert plyed for the county and scored three double centuries. The Sussex Cricket Club is erecting a plaque to the fallen of the Great War. (The Argus November 2013)
Ernest was the husband of May Relf, of 3, King’s Road, Reading. He died of illness contracted whilst on active service on 27th July 1918, aged 29. He was at 5 Northern General Hospital, Leicestershire at the time of his death. He left his wife, May Clarence Relf £148 4s 9d in his will. Ernest Herbert Relf is buried in a registered war grave number 5752 and this is marked with a private headstone.
Ernest Relf shares his grave with his mother and brother. The commemoration inscription is very close to the ground and difficult to see under normal circumstances. Ernest Relf’s name also appears on a special memorial in the War Plot.
Edwin Gerald Ritchie
3rd Battalion First Surrey Rifles
Edwin Ritchie was the husband of Minnie Elizabeth Clements Ritchie of 3, Watlington Street, Reading. He died on the 31 December 1918 aged 36 years. It has not benn possible to find further information about this man.