William John Ruddock Enlists with 161st

Enlistments – April 5, 1916

Only 1 man enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on April 5, 1916.

654729, RUDDOCK, (Pte.) William John, “B” Company, enlisted on April 5, 1916 in Goderich. His next of kin was Ms. Christiana Ruddock of Port Albert, ON. Before his enlistment, Private William John Ruddock was employed with the Western Canada Flour Mills. William J. Ruddock was born in England and has immigrated to Canada in the 1900s. Private Bill Ruddock was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the back row, 6th from the left.

On May 9, 1918, the Goderich Signal published the following news, “Private Bill Ruddock, was overcome by shell-shock while serving on the front lines in France, returned to Goderich, Friday on the Grand Trunk Railway train.”

After the war, Bill Ruddock lived in Port Albert and made his living as a market gardener and  as a grain trimmer for the Goderich Elevators Company. He later returned to England where he died on April 20, 1949 at Milden Hall in Suffolk County, England.

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