19th IEE Member To Fall In World War I – Corporal R P Hulton
Ralph Hulton became a Pupil with the Northallerton Electric Light and Power Company in 1901 where he spent two years gaining practical experience. Following the termination of his pupillage in 1903 Ralph joined Messrs Crompton & Co. of Chelmsford as an electrical engineer where he was principally employed in the Arc Lamp Testing Department. After leaving Crompton & Co. in 1909 he became Managing Director of Rowland & Hulton Ltd before giving up his directorship in 1911 to become a member of staff for Holophane Limited (Scientific Illumination) in London as a Commercial Engineer.
Following the declaration of war in August 1914, Ralph relinquished his position in order to serve in H.M. Forces. Ralph enlisted in September 1914 with the then newly raised Divisional Engineers, Royal Naval Division. In May 1915 Ralph’s Division was involved in fighting on the Gallipoli Peninsula. On May 30 1915 the 2nd (Naval) Brigade was in the front line, and as usual he was with his Section at Brigade Headquarters, being employed at the time on duties in connection with the maintenance of signal communications with the units manning the trenches. He was hit during the day by a stray bullet and was at once conveyed to hospital where an operation was performed for the extraction of the bullet. He succumbed to his injuries two days later (1 June 2015).
Corporal Hulton’s obituary was published in the IEE World War I Honour Roll and these details have been reproduced below.
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