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Driver Harry Ruddick

Service No.:
107635 (British Army)
Unit:
Royal Field Artillery, 116th Battery
Tree No.:
S224
Planted by:
Miss Moffatt (Fiancee)
Image of plaque on tree S224 for Harry Ruddick
See Notes (3)
Service medals unknown.
He may have received the 1914-15 Star and probably received the War and Victory medals.
Image of Harry Ruddick at his wedding
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Photo of Harry Ruddick and his bride Nellie Moffatt
Donated by Kate Cole, grandniece of William Clark

Harry was probably born in England(1) about 1889 and he married Nellie Moffatt in 1920. Harry had two brothers-in-law, Harry and Percy Moffatt, who are also remembered in the Avenue.

Harry Ruddick is one of the most disappointed individuals of the town, he having volunteered no less than five times (twice in one day) for the army, and once for the navy. Defective teeth being the cause of his rejection, otherwise he was complimented by the examining medical men upon his fitness. He intends to insist upon his enlistment, even if he has to go back to the old country.

Source: The Bacchus Marsh Express 17 Jul 1915

Harry(4) embarked aboard the RMS Orontes as a fireman in early August 1915(2). In October he wrote of his enlistment.

Oct. 5th 1915. I enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery yesterday. I will be in Camp by the time you get this. I had no trouble what ever, as they are giving them false teeth here.

Source: The Bacchus Marsh Express 13 Nov 1915
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Headstone for Harry Ruddick.
Courtesy of Carol & George Judkins.

Some time in 1918 Harry was wounded in action - gassed - and evacuated back to England and admitted to hospital(2).

Harry died in Footscray in December 1964, aged 75.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour held by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh.

Notes

  1. The Bacchus Marsh Express 7 Aug 1915
  2. The Bacchus Marsh Express 29 Jun 1918
  3. British War Records give his Regimental No. as 7635.
  4. British War Records give his name as Henry.

Location of Tree Number S224

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