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Ralph Black

Born:
12 Iyyar 5658 (04 May 1898)
Died:
4 Tammuz 5736 (02 July 1976)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
BLA6616
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
12 Iyyar 5658 (04 May 1898)
Place of birth:
Birmingham, England

Death

Date of death:
4 Tammuz 5736 (02 July 1976)
Died in combat?:
No

Places

Addresses

Family home:
169 Upper Canning Street Liverpool
family home:
2 Wenman Street Birmingham (1911)
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Battle of La Bassée Canal

While posted in France Ralph fought in the Battle of La Bassée Canal where he was wounded, he sustained one gunshot wound to the arm and another to the chest, luckily he was carrying a metal cigarette case in his breast-pocket which deflected the bullet and prevented any more serious injury.

Prisoner of War

After fighting at La Bassée Ralph was captured and made a prisoner of war. However his mother back home received a telegram informing her that her son was missing and pressumed dead. It was only later that they discovered that Ralph was alive and being held as a POW where he remained until the end of the war.

After the War

After returning home from the war Ralph got a job as an office boy in Paramount pictures, he worked his way up from there becoming a film distributor. In this role over the years Ralph met some of the world's biggest stars, including John Wayne.

Family

Spouse

Place of marriage:
Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool
Country of marriage:
England

Children

Stuart Black (male)
Janice Black (female)
Alan Black (male)

Siblings

Charles Black "Charlie" (male)
Robert Black "Bob" (male)
Julius Black "Jules" (male)

Parents

Father: Morris Black (male)
Mother: Hannah Black (female)

Military Record

Military service:
British Army
Military record no.:
235055
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1916
Date discharged/death:
1918
Rank at discharge/death:
Private
Sustained injuries:
Gunshot wound to left arm
Assignments
Regiment:
Kings Own Lancashire
Battalion/unit:
7th Battalion
Posting:
France
Campaigns:
The Battle of La Bassée Canal

Roll of Honour

BLACK

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