Ralph Line was born in Hampstead, London in 1888 to parents Richard and Ruth Line. In 1901 he was living in Hampstead with his family including younger brother Richard whose name is also recorded on Thame War memorial.
By 1911 Ralph was working for warehouse and distribution company, Pursers, in Thame as a warehouseman. At the age of 30, Ralph Line married Sarah Jeannie Humphris, at St Mary’s Church on 7th November 1917.
He had served three years with the yeomanry prior to the war and at the outbreak of the war he rejoined his regiment the Oxfordshire Hussars. He went to France in 1914 and in 1916 was wounded by a bursting shell and was invalided home. 285209 Corporal Ralph Line, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars, returned to France and was killed by machine gun fire during an action on 23rd March 1918, age 30.
His officer said “he was such a gallant fellow, and one of the smartest NCO’s in the regiment and will be much missed.”
Ralph Lines(s) is buried in the British Extension to Chauny Communal Cemetery, Aisne, France.
He is remembered in Thame on the War Memorial and All Saints church war memorial board.