Service No: 2494
Date of Death: 08/08/1915
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 16th Bn.
Panel Reference 55.

Additional Information:

Born in 1889 at The Grove Stratford, son of Charles (Fruiterer/Greengrocer) and Henrietta Kipping. 1891: With his family at 13 Upton Lane West Ham. 1896: His mother Henrietta died. 1901: With his family including Step Mother Alice, at 1 Alma Villas Primrose Road South Woodford. He later emigrated to Australia where he lived in Boulder City Perth, and worked as a Farmer.

He joined the Australian Army, signing at Blackboy Hill for overseas service on 15-06-15, and being allocated to the 7th Reinforcements for 16th Infantry Battalion. In due course he was posted to Gallipoli. During the night of 06-08-15, 16 Battalion, with the rest of 4 Brigade were involved in the attack on the peaks Chunuk Bair, Hill Q and Hill 971 of the range of hills at Gallipoli. 4 Brigade and 16 Infantry Battalion would tackle Hill 971, which they were expected to have secured by dawn.

Unfortunately the plan was compromised by moving troops at night over difficult terrain with deficient maps. Though the base of the hills was secured there were delays in moving the main attacking force into position, and 4 Brigade were harried by small groups of enemy troops. By Dawn they had failed to get near their objective, were disorientated and the men drained. 07-08-15 was spent resting and consolidating.

The attack which began on 08-08-15 to gain a spur called Adbel Rahman Bair before moving along it towards Hill 971, failed because 4 Division were attacked by Turkish machine guns while advancing over open ground. They were forced back having sustained many casualties. When what vital ground that had been won was retaken in a massive Turkish counter attack on 10-08-15, the allies pulled back further and stalemate set in. Ralph Kipping was reported missing after the fighting on 08-08-15 and his remains, like those of his Brother Frederick, were not recovered from the Battlefield. His brother Henry William Kipping (discharged from the Army due to injury) lived at 61 Grove Hill South Woodford during and after the war .This is a likely source of Ralph’s name (along with that of his Brother Frederick) appearing on the Parish Church Memorial.

X/R: Pvt Frederick George Kipping (Brother).

Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Australian National Archives & War Memorial.
Qualification: Borough Resident.