Traction Engine driver, born in Bristol, who died at Gallipoli in the First World War
Died: 13th August, 1915
Laid to rest: St Day Road Cemetery, Redruth
William Rudd was born in Bristol and was living with his family - a wife, Mary, born in Ireland, 2 sons and 2 daughters - in Chapel Street, St Day around 1911. William was working as a stationary traction engine driver, and it seems that the family had moved to the Redruth area around 1908, as his older 3 children were born either around Bristol or Portsmouth.
William joined up to serve in the National Reserve Army when the First World War broke out, and was onboard the HMS Royal Edward, engaged in the Gallipoli campaign, when the ship was sunk by a torpedo. Ships in the area at the time managed to save some of those onboard, but The Times reported in September 1915 that 864 men had been lost, though other sources reported varying figures, both higher and lower. Private Rudd was aged 43 at the time of his death. His youngest daughter, Mary Elsie, is also buried here.
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