Ralph Ebenezer Farey


Ralph Ebenezer Farey


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment
4th Bn.


Not Yet Researched


Panel 48 to 50 and 162A.

UK Memorials

Baldock Town Memorial
St Mary the Virgin Church Memorial, Baldock
Not on the Hitchin memorials
Not on the Royston memorials

Pre War

He was born in Royston and enlisted in Bedford. His wife was Alice S. Farey of 12, Kent Place, Union Road, Hitchin.

Wartime Service

He served in the 4th Battalion and held Regimental Number 19925. He was killed in action. The 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion was in the 190th Brigade of the 63rd Division of XVIII Corps of the 5th Army. His death occurred during the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele. The Brigade attacked the position about Paddybeek to the west of Westroosebeek at 5.50am. The going was very bad with the men up to their knees in mud. The temperature was 44?F with showers. “The enemy were aware of the impending attack and a barrage came down on our troops before they moved off thereby causing heavy casualties”. The attack made little headway and the Brigade only advanced 150-200 yards. The Battalion suffered 54 dead, 157 wounded and 23 missing on that one day. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing in Belgium.

Additional Information

Husband of Alice S. Farey, of 12, Kent Place, Union Rd., Hitchin, Herts.


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