RUDDLE, William
(Service number 21888)

Aliases Recorded as RUNDLE on Cenotaph Database
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 13 December 1889 Place of Birth Kilfinny, Co Limerick, Ireland

Enlistment Information

Date 3 March 1916 Age
Address at Enlistment P. O., Levels, Timaru
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs M. RUDDLE (mother), Kilfinny, County Limerick, Ireland; M. F. Burnes (friend), Levels, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 16th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 20 August 1916
Transport Navua
Embarked From Destination Devonport, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Liberation Date


Date 27 December 1917 Reason Discharged as a Deserter.

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Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Ruddle was the son of Mary Ruddle, of Kilfinny, County Limerick, Ireland; In 1901 12 year old William was a scholar at home with his widowed mother, four brothers and three sisters. And in 1911 the family, including 21 year old William, a farmers' son, was still at Kilfinny. At the time of enlisting, William Ruddle was a farm hand for Mr C. N. Orbell, at Levels. In 1920 William is found entering the USA.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [08 September 2017]; 1901 & 1911 census returns Ireland (National Archives Ireland per [10 September 2017]; 1930 census Illinois USA ( [10 September 2017]; Timaru Herald, 22 July 1916

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