RUSCOE, Alfred Cooper
(Service number 2287)

Aliases Alfie
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 10 August 1878 Place of Birth Timaru

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Date Age
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Occupation Soldier
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Religion Congregational
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Military Service

Served with British Forces Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line
Unit, Squadron, or Ship First Life Guards
Embarked From Destination
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 13 May 1915 Age 36 years
Place of Death Ypres, Belgium
Cause Killed in action
Notices Woodville Examiner, 16 July 1915; Manawatu Herald, 20 July 1915
Memorial or Cemetery Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium; Karori Cemetery, Wellington
Memorial Reference Panel 3 Area 02, Block B, Row 12, Plot 038
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Alfred Cooper Ruscoe, affectionately known as Alfie, was born on 10 August 1878 at Timaru, the second son of Henry and Elizabeth (née Cooper) Ruscoe. His parents had married in England in 1874 after the death of his father's first wife. Henry and Elizabeth, with Henry's son of his first marriage and a son born at sea, arried in New Zealand in early 1875. The family seems to have moved about and Alfie received his schooling at several places - Oamaru North, Albury, Fairlie and Temuka. They moved to the North Island in the 1890s. Alfie went to England and enlisted in the 1st Life Guards on 8 October 1900. At this time he gave his occupation as a footman. He was recorded as a soldier in 1901 when he and his brother Arthur, a draper, were living with Roscoe relatives at Bromsborough, Cheshire. Having joined the First Life Guards, Household Cavalry, he had been serving with them for about 13 years when he enlisted in London and went to the Front early in the war. Alfred Cooper Ruscoe, a brother of Herbert and Frederick, was killed in action on 13 May 1915, when he was hit by a shell in the second battle of Ypres. The First Life Guards had been in the thick of the fighting in the vicinity of Ypres since October 1914. Alfred C. Ruscoe, 1st Life Guards, is remembered on his parents' headstone in Karori Cemetery, Wellington.


CWGC [25 January 2017]; Service File (The National Archives, ref. WO-400-44-2287) [26 January 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [19 March 2015, 23 January 2017]; Karori Cemetery headstone transcription [19 March 2015]; School Admission Records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [19 March 2015]; 1901 England census ( [27 January 2017]; Sun, 16 July 1915, Woodville Examiner, 16 July 1915, Manawatu Herald, 20 July 1915 [x 2] (Papers Past) [27 January 2917]

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