PRIVATE RALPH BEAUCHAMP
9207, 1st Battalion. Wiltshire Regiment
was born 1896 in East Grimstead, Wiltshire the son of Reuben and Frances Beauchamp.
1901 shows the family of seven living in East
Grimstead and Reuben Beauchamp was a Platelayer working for the Railway, but by
1911 they had moved to Emmotts Farm in West Grimstead and Reuben has become a
Farmer, with the family having increased to ten. Ralph Beauchamp is, at that
time, 15 years old and helping his father on the farm as is his elder brother
Charlie and sister Alice. Charlie Beauchamp, had joined the army in 1911
and although wounded he returned home at the end of the war.
Ralph Beauchamp joined up with the Wiltshire
Regiment and his story is told in the records of the Wiltshire Regiment as shown
7th August 1914 enlisted in 5th Battalion
7th April 1915 embarked11th April joined Battalion
3rd September 1915 Shell wound to the head admitted 7 Field Ambulance. ED/1523
8th September 1915 back to Duty ED/1716
26th October 1915 Shrapnell wound VI admitted 76 Field Ambulance ED/3262
27th October 1915 Gunshot wound in the back admitted NM Casualty Clearing Station. ED/3258
2nd November 1915 back to Duty. ED/3507
28 November 1915 Killed in Action
Medals: Wiltshire Regiment 1914/15, Roll date 22/9/1919, Sheet B007
Wiltshire Regiment War and Victory Medals, Roll date 20/03/1920, Sheet 121
Extract from the 1st WILTSHIRE REGIMENT WAR DIARIES
Sunday 28th November 1915 Belgium, Ploegsteert
"In trenches. Useful patrol work done during past 3 nights by 2nd Lieuts Brown, Sharpe and Cordon. The exact strength of enemy's wire ascertained. The Germans relieved last night, and are active with sniping. Pte Beauchamp Machine Gun Det. was shot through head at 8.30a.m. looking over the parapet.
Men working in trenches, no church service held."