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australian rowers profiles and history

Royden M Ralph

Albert Park Rowing Club, now Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club (VIC)

Royden Moore Ralph was allegedly aged 34, single and provided his brother as his next of kin when he enlisted in 1914. He served in the field ambulance in the Gallipoli campaign. The word allegedly is used as in his 1916 medical report it records that: His aged is obviously much more 46. Looks 65. There is an interesting story here to uncover at some stage.

The campaign took a severe toll on him as in 1917 he was discharged as medically unfit for service. His war record discloses that he suffered dementia and senility along with various physical ailments. The 1916 medical report concludes that the cause of the dementia and senility was old age.

He raced at Albert Park with his only recorded win prior to WWI being:

1905 - Melbourne Regatta, Men's Maiden Eight, two seat - First

Andrew Guerin
July 2021


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