1. Memorial:St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'AvoueII. M. 2.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.134
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour26A GQS

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Family :

Ruck-Keene was born in East Grinstead, Sussex on 4 March 1888, the son of the Rev. E. R. Ruck Keene and Mrs. E. Ruck-Keene, late of Copford, Colchester; husband of Christina de la Paz Ruck-Keene, of Inglenook, Coombe Hill, Medway Drive, East Grinstead.

Education & Career :

Ralph Ruck-Keene came up to Jesus College in 1907 from Rossall School, Lancashire and private tuition.

The Jesus College Society Annual Report, 1908 records him as playing for the Second Hockey XI, as a forward, in the 1907-08 season.

He only spent two years in Cambridge as he left in 1909 to “take up some active form of life in the open air” (Jesus College Society Annual Report, 1916, p28).

The open air he found was on a rubber plantation in Kedah, Malaysia which is where he was when war broke out.

He had by this time married Christina de la Paz Garcia, who was to give birth to their daughter, Thelma, on 9 January 1916. Just 7 days later, Lieutenant Ruck-Keene was killed in a bombing accident in Flanders.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 9/Royal Welsh Fusiliers 

Action : Actions in Spring 1916 

Actions in Spring 1916 covers a number of non specific actions on the Western Front in the period February to the end of June 1916. Much of this period concerned the build up to the Battle of the Somme, particularly the acclimatisation of the Service Battalions (Kitchener Volunteers) to trench routine. As the Battle of the Somme occupied the plans for 1916 no significant efforts were made in other sectors. Many of the casualties could be considered 'routine'. During the period December to June 1916 5845 British soldiers died in 'minor trench operations'.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Royal Prince of Wales No. 1555 E.C.Eastern Archipelago


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