Ritchie, Hugh Graham (No. 138207)

Ritchie, Hugh Graham (Hugh)

Private

No. 138207, 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Died of disease on Friday 6 May 1921 (aged 26)

Buried:

Toronto (Prospect) Cemetery, Canada (Veterans Section 7. 976)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

BIOGRAPHY

Hugh Graham Ritchie was born on 18 January 1895 in Ballyhalbert and he was a son of Hugh Graham Ritchie and Cynthia Ritchie (nee Frame) who were married on 5 July 1890 in May Street Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Hugh Ritchie from Ballyhalbert was a son of Hugh Ritchie, a blacksmith.  Cynthia Frame from Ballyeasborough was a daughter of Andrew Frame, a gentleman.

The Ritchie family lived in Ballyhalbert.

Hugh and Cynthia Ritchie were both National School teachers and they had at least ten children all of whom were baptised in Glastry Presbyterian Church:

Ethel (born 29 April 1891 in Ballyhalbert)

Arthur Frame (born 13 July 1892 in Ballyhalbert)

James Colville (born 19 July 1893 in Ballyhalbert)

Hugh Graham (born 18 January 1895 in Ballyhalbert)

Robert Workman (born 6 October 1896 in Ballyhalbert)

John Andrew Colville (born 5 February 1898 in Ballyhalbert)

Margaret Glover (Maggie, born 24 March 1900 in Ballyhalbert)

Alexandrina (born 13 April 1901 in Ballyhalbert)

Albert Edward (born 13 April 1901 in Ballyhalbert)

Cynthia Gertrude (born 11 June 1902 in Ballyhalbert)

Hugh Graham Ritchie moved to Canada where he worked as a cutter on men’s clothing before the outbreak of the Great War.  He enlisted on 20 July 1915 in Toronto and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 7 inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  He was hospitalised on two occasions, for bronchitis and tuberculosis.  On 19 August 1916, Hugh Graham Ritchie was discharged from the Army and then on 2 June 1917 he re-enlisted in Toronto.  His address at that time was 71 Woodycrest Avenue and he was working as a clerk.

Private Hugh Ritchie (No. 138207) served with the 75th Battalion Canadian Infantry in Canada and in England (not overseas) and he was discharged from service on 28 February 1918.  His address on discharge was 871 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto.

Private Hugh Graham Ritchie (No. 138207) died of phthisis (pulmonary tuberculosis) on 6 May 1921 and was buried in Toronto (Prospect) Cemetery and is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM) and in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance (Page 601).

Hugh Ritchie’s mother, Cynthia Ritchie (nee Frame), died on 26 January 1930 (aged 64) and his father, Hugh Graham Ritchie, died on 31 January 1938 (aged 73).

Private Hugh Graham Ritchie’s brother, Arthur Frame Ritchie (No. 1075), also served in the Canadian Army during the Great War.