Ralph was born in Oklahoma in August, 1908. He came to Canada with his parents in 1909. They settled at Beaverlodge and he attended school here. In 1932 he married Kathleen Clarke. They had a son and a daughter.
On April 1, 1944 he enlisted in the navy as a Shpt. 4th Class. He was serving on board the mine sweeper Esquimalt when it was torpedoed, just outside of Halifax, at 6 a.m. April 16, 1945. The ship sank so quickly that none of the sleeping day crew was saved.
Source: Beaverlodge High Year Book 1947-48 p.26
Rank: Shipwright Service No: V/87252 Date of Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve H.M.C.S. Esquimalt
Notes: Son of Clarence O. and Mina R. Pool, of Beaverlodge, Alberta; husband of Kathleen E. Pool, of Edmonton, Alberta.