Leaving Cheltenham ……. Observations – R

   LEAVING CHELTENHAM …………..and all that was dear




    Surnames – R

Some apparent  inaccuracies and anomalies have been discovered in respect of the spelling of surnames, service/regimental records, details of birth and death events and other matters in The Book, the Debt of Honour Register at the CWGC, on local war memorials and in the publication “Officers and Soldiers Who Died In The Great War”.


((It should be noted that the many Observations here are being gradually investigated and corrected where necessary)

Name Source Observation

RALPH, Harold Edgar

The Book, page 465

Birth registered in Cheltenham in Q1, 1893.   Aged 25.   His original battlefield grave marker is on display at Cheltenham Cemetery.

RANSOM, George

The Book, page 467

Full name George Edward Ransom.  


Served as 202001, Pte, 1/4th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.   Commemorated on the Prestbury (St Mary’s Church) War Memorial as Frank RADCLIFFE.   The DoHR omits his age at death and address.  He is listed in the Book as RATCLIFF.   Born in Cheltenham in Q2, 1879.   Aged 38.

READ, Frank Hubert

The Book, page 472

Not commemorated on the All Saints Church Memorial.   Commemorated on the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour as REID.

REDMAN, William Thomas

The Book, page 472

Also commemorated on the Oddfellows Roll of Honour.

REED, Henry William Terent

The Book, page 473

Third Christian name is Tennent.   Rank is 2Lt.

REGAN, William

The Book, page 474

His original battlefield grave marker is on display at Cheltenham Cemetery.

REILLY, Frederick Walter

The Book, page 475

Also commemorated on the Leckhampton (St Peter’s Church) Roll of Honour.


The Book, page 477

Investigations continue to trace a George of Gilbert Richardson, commemorated on the Prestbury War Memorial and on the Prestbury (St Mary’s) Church Roll of Honour Tablet.

RICKERBY John Harold Ellerson, MC

The Book, page 478

Served as Captain, 2/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.   Only initials (JHE) and no battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment are listed in the DoHR.   His date of death is officially recorded as 22nd March 1918 but in the Book it is listed as 22nd May 1918.

RICKETTS, George Hume

The Book, page 479

Also commemorated on the St Paul’s College Roll of Honour.

RIMELL Reginald

Served as 241130, Cpl, 2/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.   Listed as RIMMELL on the Badgeworth (Holy Trinity Church) Roll of Honour and Staverton (St Catherine’s) Roll of Honour.   Listed as RIMELL on the Cheltenham War Memorial (East Panel), in the DoHR and in SDGW.   In the DoHR his address is given as in The Meddings in Cheltenham – this should be The Reddings and only his initial (R) is recorded.   Birth registered in Stow on the Wold in Q2, 1897.

ROBINS, Edward Ernest

The Book, page 484

Birth registered in Hastings in Q2, 1876.   Aged 39.

ROBERTS, Albert Edward

Addition to The Book, page 482

Commemorated on Badgeworth (Holy Trinity Church) Roll of Honour.   Served as 2563, Pte, 1/5th Bn Glos Regt.   Killed in action in the Hebuterne area of France eon 6th July 1916 and buried in the Hebuterne Military Cemetery, plot I.E.17.   Son of Mary Roberts of Badgeworth Cross and the late John Roberts.   Aged 22.

ROBERTS Albert Thomas Victor

The Book, page 483

Served as 9692, Pte, 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.   In the DoHR his full christian names are not recorded and his date of death is listed as 13th January 1915.   In SDGW his date of death is recorded as 18th January 1915.


The Book, page 485

Commemorated on the family grave in Prestbury (St Mary’s) Churchyard.


The Book, page 485

Brother of Edgar.   Also commemorated on a relative’s grave in Prestbury (St Mary’s) Churchyard.


The Book, page 486

Actually George Robinson, known as “Dick”.   Served as T/291142, Dvr, Royal Army Service Corps and died of illness in the UK on 27th February 1919 whilst on the strength of the RASC Clearing Office.   Buried in a war plot in Cheltenham Cemetery.   Son of William and Eliza Robinson, of Hillview, Cleeve Hill.   Aged 37.   Also commemorated on the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial, the Southam War Memorial and the Cleeve Hill (St Peter’s Church) Roll of Honour.

RODDIS, Frederick William

The Book, page 486

Birth registered in Edmonton in Q3, 1892.   Aged 25.

RODGERS Cornelius George


Served as 10327, Pte, 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.   SDGW records his surname as ROGERS and the Cheltenham Voters List for 1918 records his parents surname as ROGERS.   Listed as RODGERS on the Cheltenham War Memorial (East Panel) and on the St Philip’s Church War Memorial.   The DoHR records only initial (C), no age at death and no address.   Birth registered in Cheltenham in Q2, 1889.   Aged 26.

ROFFEY, Harold Bowyer

The Book, page 488

Rank is Lt Col.

RUCK, William George

The Book, page 492

Also commemorated on the Charlton Kings (St Mary’s Church) Roll of Honour and on the Charlton Kings Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

RUSSELL, Arthur Cecil Joseph

The Book, page 494

Regimental number is WR/255654.   Served in 30 Railway Labour Battalion RE


The Book, page 494

Birth registered in Cheltenham in Q3, 1892.   Aged 25.

RUTLAND Arthur Cecil


Served as 9928, Pte, 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.  In the DoHR his date of death is recorded as 29th October 1914 and that he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial To The Missing, Ypres, Belgium.   However, there is evidence that he was killed in action near Loos, France, on 11th December 1915 and this is the date recorded in “Soldiers Died”.   His date of death as recorded in the GRO (Overseas Deaths) Index is in the last quarter of 1915.  If he was killed in the Loos area then he should be commemorated on the Loos Memorial To The Missing, France.


The Book, page 493

Served as 13639, Pte, 10th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.   Listed on the Cheltenham War Memorial (West Panel) as RUMBLES.

RYLES, Caleb

The Book, page 495

Aged 14 at the 1901 Census.   Aged about 30 at death.   Resided at “The Lower Field”, Elmstone Hardwicke.   Also commemorated on the Elmstone Hardwicke (St Mary Magdalen Church) Roll of Honour.




Page last updated:   3rd May 2018


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