Regiment : 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment
Service number : 9632
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 15th July 1916
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 7B.
Birthplace : Wheelock, Cheshire, resident Brierley Hill
Memorial : Dudley War Memorial
Also appears on : Dudley St Augustine of Hippo Church Holly Hall. Stourbridge Old Swinford Hospital School with the information: South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 15 July 1916. Age 20. Dudley St Augustine of Hippo WW1 Memorial with the additional information: Cp. South Staffs.
Credits : Researched by James Taylor. Worcester Cathedral Roll of Honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
40, Vine Street, Dudley
Ralph Beresford, Head, age 40, General labourer, born Wheelock, Cheshire
Clara Beresford, wife, age 37, born Liverpool, Lancs
Joseph Beresford, son, age 15, Blacksmiths striker, born Wheelock, Cheshire
Albert Beresford, son, age 12, born Dudley
Lily Beresford, dau, age 10, born Wheelock, Cheshire
Ralph Beresford, son, age 5, born Wheelock, Cheshire
Charles Beresford, son, age 3, born Harts Hill
Clara Beresford, dau, age 1, born Harts Hill
Entered France on 2nd February 1915.
Ralph Beresford was born on 31st July 1895, the son of Ralph and Clara Beresford. He entered Old Swinford Hospital on 20th June 1905 and left the school in August 1909 to work for Hill & Smith at Brierley Hill as an iron moulder.
Source for additional information: Old Foleyans Remembered Casualties of WW1 published by the Old Foleyans Association, October 1998.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Ralph Beresford has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.