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18762 Pte Ralph HorneRalph Horne was born in Wigan in 1893 and was the son of greengrocer Ralph Horne (1855-1905) and Alice Horne (née Gregson) who would later take over the greengrocer’s business when her husband died in 1905.

Ralph Snr. had been married prior to marrying Alice in 1893 and had two children from the earlier relationship: Harriet (b.1880) and Charles (b.1884).

In 1901 Ralph was living at 3 Hope Street, Wigan with his parents, half-brother Albert (b.1890) (Alice’s son – born Albert Gregson), brother Harold (b.1895) and sister Mary Elizabeth (b.1900). The family also employed a live-in domestic servant. There had been two other children born to the couple: Ernest (b.1893) and Harold’s twin sister Rosanna who had both died in infancy.

In 1911 he was living with his mother and brothers Harold and Edward b.1903 in Tunstall, Staffordshire (Where Ralph’s father had been born). Ralph and Harold were working as coal miners at the time.

In December 1914 Ralph enlisted in the Army at Bolton and joined the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was given the number 18762.

He sailed to Gallipoli on 28th August 1915, his draft of men as reinforcements was probably the result of the disastrous time the Battalion had at Chunuk Bair earlier that month.

On 27th November 1915 the Battalion were subjected to a heavy enemy bombardment and Private Ralph Horne was killed in action, the War Diary for the day reads;

27th November 1915: Enemy bombarded CHOCOLATE HILL very heavily till 11:45am, over 1500 high explosive and shrapnel from all quarters. Casualties: 11 killed and 21 wounded.

The Bolton Journal and Guardian of 7th January 1916 printed the following article;

Killed in Gallipoli

Word has been received by his mother at 56, Ashburner-st., that Pte. Ralph Horne (18,762), 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, has been killed in action at a place not stated, on Nov. 27th. The deceased soldier, who was 22 years of age, enlisted in December of last year in the 3rd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. In August of this year he was transferred to the 6th L.N.L., and immediately went to Gallipoli with them. He was in training at Felixstowe. When he enlisted he was working with his mother as a fruiterer, prior to which he had been a collier.

Rank: Private
Service No: 18762
Date of Death: 27/11/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Cemetery: GREEN HILL CEMETERY

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One Response to 18762 PTE. R. HORNE. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. mark green says:

    Ralph Horne was my great uncle. Gone so young RIP.

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