Photographs courtesy of Peter & David Routh
Born: 24th February 1898, Ipswich.
Died: 18th August 1916; age 18; KiA.
Residence: 38, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 200675.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Formerly Private, 2752, Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Emily Ratliff, of 38, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.
Brother to CHARLES HAROLD RATLIFF.
1901 1, High Street, Ipswich.
Leslie was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles John Ratliff, 35, a Jeweller – employer – at home, born Ipswich.
Emily Jane Ratliff (nee Pinner), 31, born Nacton, Suffolk.
Charles Harold Ratliff, 8, born Ipswich.
Dorothy Emily Ratliff, 5, born Ipswich.
Victor Frank Ratliff, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 36, Mumford Road, Ipswich.
Leslie was 13 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles, 45, a Jeweller – for the trade & private work – own account.
Charles, 18, a Boot Shop Assistant.
Dorothy, 15, Domestic Service.
Soldiers’ Effects to Charles J. Ratliff – father.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)