Ralfe, Captain Henry Douglas Eyre

No 3 Sqn AFC

Henry Ralfe came from Sydney, NSW, where he was born on 29 May 1890. He was a Regular Army Officer in the Siege Artillery Brigade who had undergone flying training at Point Cook before he joined the AIF on 23 May 1915; he embarked on HMAT A67 Orsova in on 17 July. He served with the Headquarters of the 36th Artillery Brigade in France before transferring to the AFC in August 1916. After further training, he was engaged in training others in the UK before he was posted to No 69 (Australian) Sqn in France in September 1917. Unfortunately, after a month in France, he had to return to the UK for medical treatment, after which he commanded No 32 (Australian) Training Sqn at Yatesbury from October until 22 February 1918, and he did not rejoin his squadron at the Front again until March 1918.

He was killed in action over the Morlancourt Ridge on 6 May 1918, while flying RE 8 A4404 with Lt W A J Buckland, who was also killed. The RE 8 was attacked by several Fokker Dr.Is at 0715 and went down in flames. Ltn Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter of Jasta 4 claimed a victory; it was the 5th of his eventual 15 victories before his death in action in combat with French Bréguet bombers on 31 May.

Capt H D E Ralfe is buried in Grave II A 4 at Vignacourt British Cemetery, France.

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