Ralph Alexander Colley

First Name: 
Ralph
Middle Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Colley
Mother's Name: 
Charlotte (nee Whittingham)
Father's Name: 
Alexander Colley
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, February 22, 1917
Rank at Enlistment: 
Gunner
Rank at Discharge: 
Bombadier
Unit: 
Field Artillery
Company: 
3rd Company
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, September 29, 1918
Place of Death: 
Peronne France
Cause of Death: 
Died from wounds recieved
Details: 

Ralph Colley (Service No 37395) was born in Berry, NSW about 1894. He was the only son of 5 children and was educated at North Sydney Church of England Grammar School. He spent 4 years in 29th Infantry CMF and worked as a bank clerk for the Commercial Bank.

At the time of enlistment he was a single 23 year old. Ralph embarked on HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 5th November 1917 with 30th Reinforcements, Field Artillery Brigade. He arrived in France on 14th March 1918 and saw service with 7th Battery.
On 28th September 1918 Ralph was seriously wounded in action near Peronne. He was evacuated to 55th Casualty Clearing Station for treatment of gun shot wounds to his back and left leg and foot but died from these wounds later that day.

Ralph is buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension Plot I, Row C, Grave 43. Ralph was 24 years of age had been promoted to temp Bombadier a few days before he died.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COLLEY R A

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