Ramsey Soldiers - R.

The First World War.

 Notes on soldier.

Raby - J.

From a local newspaper his name appears as having enlisted in the Army by June 10th 1915 – Raby, J., Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion.

Ray - Reuben.

RAY, Reuben – Private – 23327,    4th Bn. Bedfordshire Regt.

He was born at Woodwalton, youngest son of Reuben & Sarah (nee RICHARDSON) GRAY of Speed the Plough Public House, Woodwalton/Ramsey Heights, enlisted at Ampthill, Beds.  He was killed in action on Monday, 23rd April 1917, aged 32 years, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, which is located in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys & Upwood memorials]

Richards - Fred

RICHARDS, Fred – Private – 16895, 11th Bn. (Cambs) Suffolk Regt.

He was born at Benwick, son of William & Emma RICHARDS of Pondersbridge, was killed in action in France on Saturday, 1st July 1916, aged 21 years, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.     [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Pondersbridge & Whittlesey memorials]
Richardson - Frank.

RICHARDSON, Frank – Corporal – 18094, 1st Bn. Suffolk Regt.

He was born at Warboys, son of John & Emma RICHARDSON of Broadalls Drove, Ramsey Fortyfoot, died on Thursday, 10th October 1918, aged 27 years, and his grave is in the Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.      [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Ramsey Fortyfoot & Benwick memorials]

F [Frank] Richardson - His name appears on the Ramsey Fortyfoot memorial. This memorial is now located in the new Village hall, prior to that it could be found in the church of St Felix, that used to stand near to that site.  IN MEMORIAM - GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS - THE GREAT WAR - 1914-1918.

Richardson - J. A. From a local newspaper dated the 2/11/1918 - FEARLESS RICHARDSON OF RAMSEY. Sergt. J. A. Richardson, M.M., Northants. Regt., son of Mr. S. Richardson, Ramsey, was killed in action on September 2??th. His Chaplain, in a sympathetic letter says ‘We were attacking the enemy and encountered an enemy machine gun. Your son, with his usual courage, made a dash for it and was killed in the attempt. He had been with us for the last nine months, and was the best NCO in my Company, both in and out of action. His courage and cheerfulness were always a great example, both to officers and men, and the way he always knocked about in a battle encouraging others, regardless of personal safety, earned him the name of ‘’Fearless Richardson.’’ He was with me when he won his Military Medal, and I have also recommended him on several other occasions, which I sincerely hope will yet secure him the awards so gallantly won. The loss of so good and brave soldier can never be replaced in the Battalion. I must congratulate you on having a son who gave his life so bravely for the great cause we are fighting for. Sergeant Richardson has seen ?three and a half years service??, two and a half were in France.
Richardson - Thomas Albert

RICHARDSON, Thomas Albert – Sergeant – 24375,  M.M. and Bar., 6th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

He was the son of Stephen & Harriett (nee LEPLA) RICHARDSON of Oilmills Road, Ramsey Mereside, was killed in action when his battalion was attacking the enemy and were met with an enemy machine gun, he made a dash for it but was killed in the attempt.  He died on Wednesday, 18th September 1918, aged 21 years, and his grave is in the Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France.  He had seen three and a half years service in the Army, and more than two years were spent in France.
Richardson - William
Roberts - Benjamin Anderson.

Lance Corpl. B. A. Roberts, son of Mr B. Roberts, Watchmaker, Ramsey, was officially reported as Killed in Action. A native of Chatteris, he left a widow, a Warboys lady and one son. Reported December 25th 1915.

ROBERTS, Benjamin Anderson – Rifleman – 6197, 2nd Bn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

He was born at Chatteris, Cambs, first son of Benjamin & Cassandra ROBERTS, of 5 Trafalgar Square, Ramsey, enlisted at Huntingdon.  He died of wounds on Monday, 14th September 1914, aged about 27 years, and is commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, situated in a small park on the south bank of the River Marne, Seine-et-Marne, France.    [Added to Ramsey memorial]

Roe - Isaac Henry

ROE, Isaac Henry – Private – 11852, 6th Bn. Lincolnshire Regt.

From  Farcet Fen, son of Robert & Wilhelmina (nee RUFF) ROE, enlisted at Grantham, Lincs.  He was killed in action on Sunday, 3rd June 1917, aged about 22 years, and was buried in the Croisilles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.       [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Pondersbridge memorial]
Roe - Sydney Bridgeford

ROE, Sydney Bridgeford – Private – 40367, 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regt.

From  Farcet Fen, son of Robert & Wilhelmina ROE, enlisted at Peterborough.  He was killed in action on Wednesday, 26th December 1917, aged about 19 years, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.     [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Pondersbridge memorial]

Rolt - Alfred

Pte. Alfred Rolt, 1st Hunts Cyclist Battalion, transferred 1/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. From a newspaper 6th October 1917.

Rootham - George.

ROOTHAM, George – Private – 267487,   1st Bucks. Bn,  Oxford & Bucks. Light Infantry.

son of William Thomas & Emma Elizabeth ROOTHAM of Ashbeach Road, Ramsey St. Marys, died on Saturday, 8th September 1917, aged 24 years, and was buried in Ramsey St. Marys Churchyard.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]

Rootham - William Henry

ROOTHAM, William Henry – Lance Corporal – 267505,    1st/1st Bucks. Bn,  Oxford & Bucks. Light Infantry.

He was the son of Amos & Mary Jane (nee INGRAM) ROOTHAM of Middle Level Road, Ramsey St. Marys, was killed in action on Monday, 16th April 1917, aged 20 years, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.    [Also on Ramsey St. Marys memorial]  Formerly 268 Hunts. Cyclist Bn.  

Rose - Charles

ROSE, Charles Edward – Private – G/24612, 7th Bn. Royal West Surrey Regt. (The Queen’s)

He was the son of Elizabeth & the late William ROSE, later of 19 Blunts Lane, Whittlesey, was killed in action on Thursday, 8th August 1918, aged 24 years, and his grave is in the Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, Somme, France.   [Not on Ramsey memorial;  on Pondersbridge & Whittlesey memorials]
Rose - C. J. 29/6/1918 - From a local newspaper - Local War News - Roll of Honour -  WOUNDED Pte. C. J. Rose, Little Whyte, Ramsey - no Regt noted.
Rose - Quince

ROSE, Quince – Private – 269186, 1/1st Bn. Hertfordshire Regt.

born at St. Ives,  son of John & Harriett Elizabeth ROSE of 48 Little Whyte, Ramsey, was killed in action during the great battle of St. Julien (France) where he was serving as a stretcher bearer.  He died on Tuesday, 31st July 1917, aged 37 years, and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Besides his widow Ellen ROSE, he also left several children.  Mr. & Mrs. John ROSE had three other sons in the Army – Bernard Charles ROSE in a Canadian Regt;  Cyril J. ROSE in the Hunts. Cyclist Bn. and Fred J. ROSE in the East Surrey Regt.

Rule - Bert

RULE, Bert, Hunts. Cyclist Bn.

From Ramsey, reported killed in action (by 7 Jan 1916)      [Not on Ramsey memorial]

The Second World War.

 Notes on soldier.

ROOK, Cecil

ROOK, Cecil – Able Seaman – C/JX.301352, His Majesty’s Motor Torpedo Boat 671, Royal Navy.

He was born at Stamford, Lincs, son of George & Lily ROOK of Mere Farm, Ramsey Fortyfoot, was killed in action at sea on Monday, 24th April 1944, aged 20 years, and was buried in the Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Gosport, Hants, with full military honours. He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

ROSHER, Eric – Sergeant – 1054385, No. 1 (South African Air Force) Sqdn, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

He was born 19th May 1915, son of Edwin & Elizabeth Ann (nee TILLEY) ROSHER of 106 High Street, Ramsey, who was on the ground staff of his squadron, died as the result of gunshot wounds on Wednesday, 23rd February 1944 in Italy, aged 28 years, and was buried in the Sangro River War Cemetery in the Province of Chieti, Italy.  He had volunteered for the R.A.F. and had been in the service for nearly four years.  A month before he died he was one of 44 men presented with the “African Star with Clasp” for his part in keeping the famous South African fighter squadron operating against the enemy all the way from the Western Desert to Italy.  Before joining the R.A.F. he had been employed as a warehouse clerk on the staff of Messrs. CHIVERS & Sons Ltd. at Huntingdon, having joined the firm in 1933.  He left a widowed mother, a brother, Staff Sergt. Sidney Edwin ROSHER, and three sisters.      [Also on Ramsey Grammar School memorial]  He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

Eric ROSHER, R.A.F.   His name was inscribed on the original Wooden tablet in Sports Pavilion on Playing Field at Ramsey Grammar School. This memorial tablet is now located in the main Abbey building.  This Pavilion was given to the School by Old Grammarians in proud and lasting memory of the fifteen Old Boys who lost their lives in World War II.

RULE, Stanley

RULE, Stanley – Private – 14596928, North Staffordshire Regt.

He was the third son of Joseph & Elizabeth RULE of Avondale, New Road, Ramsey, was accidently drowned, while on active service, in the River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on Wednesday, 25th August 1943, aged 35 years.  The funeral service took place at the Ramsey Salem Chapel, followed by interment in Ramsey Cemetery.  He had only joined the Army on 5th May of the same year, and was due to come home for his first leave on 28th August.  After leaving the Ramsey Council School, he served his apprenticeship with Mr. George SWEARER, carpenter and undertaker, and later worked for firms in Peterborough and London.       [Added to Ramsey memorial] He is remembered on the Ramsey War Memorial.

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