About Ralph Cheney
DEBT OF HONOUR REGISTER
In Memory of
4th Regt., South African Infantry
who died on Thursday 12 April 1917
Additional Information: Son of Benjamin and Eliza Ann Cheney, late of Northants, England. Served in the South African Campaign. Cemetery: LEVEL CROSSING CEMETERY, FAMPOUX Pas de Calais, France Grave or Reference Panel Number: I. B. 31. Location: Fampoux is a village 8 kilometres east of Arras on the D42. Level Crossing Cemetery is on the southern side of the village. Historical Information: Fampoux village was taken by the 4th Division (passing through the 9th (Scottish) Division) on the 9th April, 1917. It remained close behind the British front line, and part of it was lost in the short German advance on the 28th March, 1918. It was cleared by the 51st (Highland) Division on the 26th August, 1918. The cemetery was began in June 1917, when a numbers of graves of April and May were brought in from the battlefield, and used until March 1918; two further burials were made in October, 1918. The 15th (Scottish) Division, as well as the 9th and 51st Division, fought in the area, and over half the graves are those of soldiers of Scottish regiments.There are now over 400, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 30 are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to a soldier who is believed to be buried in this cemetery. The cemetery covers an area of 1,122 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.
A plaque was presented to, presumably, Eliza on the death in action of Ralph during the First World War. I believe that these plaques were given to the family when the body of the deceased could not be returned for one reason or another - lost in action ? This plaque is made of bronze and measures 120mm in diameter. - Hazel (Cheney) Griesel