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Name: Ralph BATEY
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: R Service No.: 11951
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Mickley, Northumberland. Age at Death: 40
Unit: 10th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Former Unit(s): Veteran of the Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899 – 1902.
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 20 Clifford Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Formerly of West Wylam, Northumberland.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Thursday 18th October 1917
Place of Death: Belgium.
Battle/Campaign: The Third Battle of Ypres, Belgium, 1917 – 1st Battle of Passchendaele, 12th October.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Nord, France. Remembered with Honour. Memorial reference I. O. 40.
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 3rd November, 1917
Family Details:
Son of Mary Gainford, formerly Batey, and the late George Batey, of 20 Clifford Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Sisters; Isabella, Mary J, Hannah, Sarah, and Frances. Brother; Joshua. Grandparents; Ralph and Abigail Batey of West Wylam, Northumberland.
Notes : Served in the Second Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902. Ralph enlisted in the colours on 10th August 1914 at Newcastle upon Tyne. He spent a period of time during 1915 in Connaught Hospital with illness. He suffered a shrapnel wound to his right arm during 1915. A telegram was received by his mother in October 1917 explaining that Ralph had been wounded again with shell fragments to his right thigh. He died later in Number 41 Casualty Clearing Station, France. His personal articles that were returned to his mother included a disc, religious medallion, mirror and case, scissors, badge and two numerals.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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