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Name: John Steel Ralston
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 71, 84
Victories: 12
Born: 27 April 1887
Place of Birth: Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: 25 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
The son of Thomas Binnie and Mary Chalmers (Steel) Ralston, 2nd Lieutenant John Steele Ralston, of the Scottish Rifles, Territorial Force, was appointed Flying Officer and seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 12 June 1917. With 84 Squadron in France, he scored twelve victories flying the S.E.5a.

Listed as John Steele Ralston in the London Gazette DFC citation.
Military Cross (MC)
"2nd Lt. John Steel Ralston, Sco. Rif.
   For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried a wounded man 100 yards across the open under heavy fire. He has displayed great courage and coolness throughout the operations."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) John Steele Ralston, M.C. (Scottish Rifles, T.F.).
   An intrepid patrol leader who in recent operations has accounted for three enemy machines and three kite balloons. Recently while on patrol he advanced to attack a kite balloon; on his approach the balloon party began to haul it down, but forcing home his attack, he shot the balloon down in flames. In the engagement this officer was seriously wounded. Suffering great pain, he flew back to our lines and tried to land, but fainted and crashed.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 21 Oct 1917 1440 84 S.E.5a (B564) C (OOC) 1 E of Roulers-Menin Road
2 31 Oct 1917 1450 84 S.E.5a (B4853) Albatros D.V (OOC) Menin
3 06 Dec 1917 1430 84 S.E.5a (C5310) C (OOC) 2 Cambrai
4 23 Dec 1917 1310 84 S.E.5a (C5310) C (OOC) St. Quentin
5 13 Jan 1918 1115 84 S.E.5a (C5310) C (DES) Crevecoeur
6 16 Feb 1918 abt 1230 84 S.E.5a (B120) Albatros D.V (OOC) Mont d'Origny
7 18 Jun 1918 1055 84 S.E.5a (D333) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Villers-Brettoneaux
8 27 Jun 1918 0930 84 S.E.5a (D333) Pfalz D.III (OOC) NE of Villers-Brettoneaux
9 16 Jul 1918 1350 84 S.E.5a (D6914) Balloon (DES) Mericourt
10 20 Jul 1918 0910 84 S.E.5a (D6914) Balloon (DES) 3 Warvillers
11 24 Jul 1918 1115 84 S.E.5a (D6914) Fokker D.VII (DES) 4 Warfusée-Abancourt
12 25 Jul 1918 0630 84 S.E.5a (D6914) Balloon (DES) S of Warvillers

1 Shared with Capt Kenneth Leask
2 Shared with Lt Robert Grosvenor
3 Shared with Lt J E Boudwin
4 Shared with Lt Norman Mawle
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