RUGG, Harold
(Service number 57976)

First Rank (1) Captain; (2) Major Last Rank


Date 9 January 1850 Place of Birth London, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Temuka, Canterbury
Occupation Medical practitioner
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Mary RUGG (wife), Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) New Zealand Expeditionary Force; (2) New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Date (1) Headquarters Staff, Ship's Permanent Medical Staff; (2) Ship's Medical Staff (to disembark at Sydney and return to New Zealand)
Transport (1) Tofua; (2) Moeraki (transfer to Malta at Sydney for Suez)
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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 December 1941 Age 91 years
Place of Death Kenilworth Hotel, Great Russell Street, London
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Harold Rugg was the son of Henry Hodson and Catherine (Cristhiana, née Finlayson) Rugg. In 1871 he was at home with his family in London, a medical student. He married Ellen Adeline Pinn in 1872 in London. Harold and ellen had five sons. Through 1881, 1891 and 1901, they lived at Burton upon Trend, Staffordshire, where Harold practised medicine. In 1911 Ellen was in London, recorded as 'wife' and 'married'. Ellen died on 22 March 1933 at Croydon, Surrey. But meanwhile Harold had been to New Zealand. He and his wife Mary were living at Temuka from about 1909 (when he was registered as medical practitioner in New Zealand). While there he enlisted with the New Zealand Forces for war service. His file records that he married Mary Boyer on 5 October 1904 in England (though no registration has yet been identified). Mrs Mary Rugg was his nominated next-of-kin. Probate for both Harold and Ellen was granted to sons. It was in February 1918 that Mrs Rugg went to Dunedin to meet Dr Rugg on his return from Egypt. His eldest son, Herbert Stanley Rugg, served in the South African War, and his fourth son, Godfrey Fausett Rugg, followed a military career. In 1939 retired surgeon, Harold Rugg was living at the Ivanhoe Hotel in London.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 December 2019]; Temuka Leader, 3 January 1918 (Papers Past) [16 June 2019]; England census returns for 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 ( [31 December 2019; 01 January 2019]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [31 December 2019]; UK Probate Indexes ( [31 December 2019]; 1939 England and Wales Register ( [01 January 2020]

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