Alexander Campbell Ralston England

Biography of Alexander Campbell Ralston

Alexander Ralston
Alexander Ralston

Sub-Lieutenant Alexander Campbell Ralston of the RNVR was born in Harrogate and attended the High School of Glasgow. He was awarded a Lanfine Bursary to study at the University and graduated MA with Honours in 1944.

While studying at the University Ralston volunteered for the Naval Air Arm, and he trained in Canada and the USA before receiving his commission in June 1943. He was attached to the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable, taking part in operations against the German battlecruiser Tirpitz. He was posted to the Far East in 1944 and was involved in air raids against Japanese targets in the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. He was killed on 23 May 1945 attempting to land his plane on the flight-deck of the carrier HMS Victorious after a raid.


Alexander Campbell Ralston
Born 25 February 1922, Harrogate, England.
Died 23 May 1945.
GU Degree: MA, 1944;
University Link: Graduate
Father's Details: Major D M Ralston; Army officer
War Service: Sub-Lieutenant (A), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Grave / Memorial: Lee-on-Solent Memorial, England
View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
Record last updated: 10th Dec 2007

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