Remembered with honour Ploegsteert Memorial: Panel 9.
He enlisted in Hertford, and was formerly Private 449 Hertfordshire Regiment and Private 7240 Northumberland Fusiliers. He was entitled to the Victory and British War Medals, and was presumed killed in action. Unfortunately, Ralph’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
Son of Arthur and the late Ellen/Ellyn (nee FOSTER) SWAN of Leavesden Green, Herts.
His parents married 25 December 1880 at All Saints, Leavesden. Ellen died 1912 in the Watford district aged 59, and was buried 28 December at All Saints; Arthur died 31 October 1919 in Watford aged 63, and was buried 3 November, also at All Saints.
Ralph was born 1899 in Leavesden, and resided in Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 2 he lived in Leavesden, with his parents and eight siblings. On the 1911 Census, at school aged 11, he still lived in Leavesden, with his parents and nine siblings.
Date of deathon or since 09/04*/1918
Age at death18
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)