Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 08/08/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers, 2nd Bn.
Awards: M M
Grave Reference III. B. 13.
Cemetery DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY
Born 1893 at Walthamstow, son of William James and Jane Sophia Aspden. William died in 1896. 1901: Jane had married Robert Alloway Legg (Deputy Overseer in Print Industry), and Ronald was living with them and his brother Harold at 6 Derby Road South Woodford. 1911: A Junior Clerk to a Chemical Merchant, still living at 6 Derby Road with his brother and step siblings. By 1917 the family home was at “Ruswarp”, 69 Malmsbury Road, South Woodford.
He initially joined the 6th Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) one month after the war began, and was sent to France on 01-08-1915. As a Lance Corporal he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, and later became a Corporal in machine gun section.
He was Commissioned into the Royal Fusiliers on 25-04-17, and died of wounds sustained on 07-08-17 while serving with the 2nd Battalion at Ypres in Belgium. His mother inherited his personal possessions.
Memorial: Rolls of Honour: Derby Road Methodist Church. St Mary’s Church
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Contributed by Adrian Lee
Qualification: Borough Resident.