Ralph Makepiece was the son of Alfred and Ivy Makepiece. His family was the first to inhabit 11 Coronation Street after it was built in 1902. Ralph was five years old when they moved into the house.

Ralph lived up to his family's reputation as troublemakers. He raped Betty Cog from Mawdsley Street and was sent to reform centre when he was caught stealing chickens from the market. He returned after three years only to leave again to sign up with the Lancashire Fusiliers a year later. He never returned home as he was gunned down on the Somme in 1916.

Ralph first appeared in Daran Little and Bill Hill's "Weatherfield Life", published in 1992. Other information is derived from Little's follow-up book, "Around the Coronation Street Houses".