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Ralph Walter Larkin
Ralph Walter Larkin 282625 Private 85th Battalion Canadian Machine Corps October 20, 1897 East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS March 6, 1916 Yarmouth, NS East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS 18 5 feet, 7 inches Fair Light Brown 29th Battery Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth, NS (Recruit) Hotel Clerk Single Baptist Walter Larkin (Father) East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS June 15, 1919. January 30, 1983 Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster Section 20 Lot 412 Ralph Larkin was the son of Walter Larkin (1851-1940) and Amanda Jane [Goodwin] Larkin (1862-1953). The family lived in East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS. Ralph, aged eighteen, completed his military medical at Yarmouth on February 29, 1916 and enlisted with the 219th Battalion at Yarmouth on March 6, 1916. He trained in Nova Scotia until October of 1916 when he went overseas with the Battalion to the United Kingdom embarking at Halifax on October 12 and arriving in Liverpool, England on October 18, 1916 crossing the Atlantic on the SS Olympic. While serving at Aldershot, Nova Scotia he contracted a mild case of measles and was hospitalized between June 13, 1916 and June 26, 1916. At Bramshott Military Camp, he was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion on January 23, 1917 and on June 1, 1917 to the 185th Battalion at Witley Camp. On February 23, 1918 he was again assigned to the 17th Reserve Battalion and on March 28, 1918 proceeded overseas to France for service with the 85th Battalion. In France on May 1, 1918 Private Larkin was transferred to the 4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps where he served until his return to England on May 5, 1919. He returned to Canada on the HMT Adriatic, departing England on May 31, 1919 and was discharged, now aged twenty-two, on demobilization at Halifax on June 15, 1919. In October of 1919, Ralph left Nova Scotia and moved to Leominister, Mass. US. He married Vera Idell Lamb (1900–1983) on July 3, 1922. Ralph retired in 1962 having recently been employed for fourteen years at the General Electric Company in Worcester. Previously he was employed at the former Independent Lock Company and Superior Manufacturing Company, both in Fitchburg, Mass. Ralph died after an illness on January 30, 1995 at the age of 97. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster.
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Ralph Larkin and his sister Rhea Larkin (October 1993)
Ralph and Vera (1922)