Ralph Frederick Dye

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Private Ralph Frederick Dye
Life dates
15 Mar 1923 - 14 Feb 2004
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Saxmundham Patrol Patrol member Unknown 11 Dec 1941

Yarmouth Grammar School

National ID
TOBL 89/2

Bank clerk

(1939) 55 Palgrave Road, Great Yarmouth, later Saxmundham, Suffolk
Other information

Ralph originally joined the newly formed Local Defence volunteers as soon as the formed. Recruited to Auxiliary Units he was the youngest in the group. On 11 Dec 1941 he joined the Royal Artillery Signals and was attached to 48 Commando on Juno Beach, Normandy on D-Day. He was wounded at 21 years old in the left lung 6 June 1944 but storms meant he was left on a stretcher and couldn't be evacuated for 3 days.

He recovered and joined the Intelligence Corps doing de-nazification work in Germany. He was awarded an exemplary discharge from the Army in February 1947.

Ralph became a teacher and migrated to Canada where he became Professor of History at Ryerson University, of Milford, Ontario. His brother was Major-General Jack Bertie Dye.

An interview with Ralph on his wartime rolls was recorded by the Imperial War Museum in 2000.


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Ralph Dye
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