Ralph FOWLES
Rank: Private
Number: 18116
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 28 June 1917
Age: 40
Cemetery: Christ Church Churchyard, Heaton Norris, Stockport

Regimental records indicate that Ralph had been born in the parish of St Matthew's C of E Church, Grenville Street, Stockport. Nothing has been discovered about his private life.

He enlisted at Stockport and his service number indicates that this was in November or December 1914. After training, the Battalion went overseas in July 1915. It saw action at the Battle of Loos the same year and was heavily engaged throughout the Battle of the Somme in the summer and early autumn of 1916. The next major action was the Battle of Messines in early June 1917.

It is known that Ralph was seriously wounded at some point, but there is no record of when this was. He will have been evacuated from the battlefield and received emergency treatment at a Casualty Clearing Station some miles behind the front line. He would then have been moved to a hospital well to the rear until he was fit enough to be sent back to England. Ralph may have died whilst in a military hospital in Britain or he may have been at home on sick leave when he passed away.

   
           
   
     
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