Horton, Ralph (1893-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.M.

In the death of Ralph Horton the Pleck Society, on the Walsall Circuit, has lost one of its brightest and most devoted members, although only twenty-three years of age. From his earliest years he manifested an affection for the Sunday school and for all good work. An enthusiast in connection with the Band of Hope and the Junior C.E., he was the president of both. But in another way he became a hero. He rescued three lives from drowning at different times—one man and two boys. He was not well when he made his third rescue. He was resting in his home near the canal when he heard that someone was drowning; taking his life in his hand, he plunged into the water and effected the rescue. This brave deed was brought to the notice of the Royal Humane Society, and he was awarded the diploma of the Society and a special gift of £1. He was also the recipient of many letters of congratulation. 

Unfortunately, however, the shock to his body in saving these three lives was more than it could bear, and after a few months’ painful illness, patiently borne, he passed to receive his heavenly reward. He was not able to go to work after the last successful effort to save life, so that it can be truly said of him “he laid down his life for his friends.” We thank God for the light shining from this young fellow’s life, and extend to the bereaved ones our deepest sympathy. 

Family

Ralph was born abt1893 at Wednesbury, Staffordshire, to parents William Horton, an iron driller (1901) and grocer (1911), and Mary Carter. He was baptised on 11 January 1893 at St Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffordshire.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Ralph.

  • 1911 carter

Ralph died in early 1916 at Pleck, Walsall, Staffordshire.

References

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/637

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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