The Express & Star of 21 October 1914 tells of a Private Ralph, of the Scottish Borderers, who was among a group of wounded soldiers in an Edinburgh hospital. He was a native of Wolverhampton and a stepson of Benjamin Davis of the Theatre Royal. His father was killed during the Boxer insurrection in China while serving on HMS Amora, and he had worked previously as a body maker at Sunbeam Motor Works.
At the age of only 20, Private Ralph had already been in the army for 18 months. During the course of his service he had been engaged at Dublin, and had received a flesh wound at Mons whilst trying to cross a canal on a couple of planks. In the most recent engagement at Bethune, he had been on sentry one night in the shadow of a wayside shrine of the Madonna. Just as he was about to be relieved, he saw some Germans in the distance and fired at them once or twice, but this betrayed his position, for he immediately received another flesh wound in his body, and was sent to hospital in Scotland.
This man was Thomas Ralph, born in Wolverhampton in 1893. He served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (number 11572). He was discharged on 22 April 1915 as being no longer physically fit, following a gunshot wound in his left forearm (presumably the one described in the newspaper article, as it occurred in October 1914). His address at that date was 67 Maswell Road, Wolverhampton. I have not been able to find out further details about his life.