Ralph Northcote Cato

#378, b. 1894, d. 29 April 1956

Individual's Timeline

Birth1894Ralph Northcote Cato1
Marriage1913Ralph Northcote Cato2
Death of Father1925Frederick William Cato3,4
Death of Mother19 January 1947Sophie Burgess Rowntree5
Death29 April 1956Ralph Northcote Cato
Deth Reg au1956Ralph Northcote Cato6

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

Some aspects of Ralph Northcote Cato's life. Ralph was a POW in WW1. He enlisted in March 1916, in 22nd Btn. He was listed as wounded and mising in France 25th February 1917. The Red Cross reported he was captured at Le Sapres 25th Feb 1917, the same day he was wounded in action. He was interned at Gefangenenlager Dulman Germany (note that my transcription may not be correct). He was repatriated to Holland in Feb 1918 and arrived in England the same month. He was in Dartford in Aril 1918. By June 1918 he was taking up employment (in London) as an Australian War Worker, as he was medically unfit. Other entries show that he had suffered a gun shot would to his left leg, which had fractured the bones. Subsequently he was suffering from 'foot drop, severe.

There is a copy of a letter (undated) in his papers showing he wrote requesting to be employed with his brother at the Sopwith Aviation Company in Kingston as a munitions worker.

In 1918, Ralph's wife was searching for him. After his discharge to work with his brother, she had not heard from him. She was attempting to obtain some of his deferrd pay - before he got his hands on it - by the look of the letter.

He said he was going to reside at 14 Manorgate Road, Norbiton, Surrey, when discharged.

Ralph was back in Vicoria by 1924, as he was registered to vote in Cailfield. He and his wife Victoria were together in 1943 in NSW. By 1949 Victoria was back in Victoria with Ralph still in NSW. This stayed the same until they died.

Voter Enrolements


  • 1916, There is an on line doc that may be Ralph's will in the British archives.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: was a POW in WW1. there are doc in the Au Archives that show a Private R N CATO (ex POW) made statements in 1917 to the Prisoners of War Dept. His number was 5324. There is also a request for assistance by his wife in a separate record in the archives..

Children of Ralph Northcote Cato and Victoria May Phillips

  • Gwendoline Victoria Florence Cato8
  • Joyce May Cato9
  • Allan Frederick Cato10
  • Hilda Ellen Cato


  1. Digger - Vic BMD Digger databases on CD, 1894/5900.
  2. Digger - Vic BMD Digger databases on CD, Surname: CATO
    Given Names: Ralph Northcote
    Event: M
    Spouse Surname/Father: PHILLIPS
    Spouse Gvn Names/Mother: Mary Victoria
    Age Code:
    Birth Place:
    Death Place:
    Year: 1913
    Reg. Number: 3428.
  3. Digger - Vic BMD Digger databases on CD, 1925/4308.
  4. Ann Ringer, Look up of Vic deaths.
  5. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Advertiser Tuesday 21 January 1947 Page 12.
  6. DB - NSW BDM on line, online http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory, 8534/1956       CATO       RALPH NORTHCOTE       FREDERICK       SOPHIE       AUBURN.
  7. Australian Voter Rolls 1901 - 1936, online http://search.ancestry.com.au
  8. Victorian BDM on line, online http://online.justice.vic.gov.au, birth 19457.
  9. Victorian BDM on line, online http://online.justice.vic.gov.au, birth 10794.
  10. Victorian BDM on line, online http://online.justice.vic.gov.au, birth 5760.