RUDGE William George
Regiment : 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
Service number : 1652944
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 7th October 1944 aged 24
Buried : Eindhoven (Woesnel) General Cemetery, Netherlands, Plot KK. Grave 148
Relatives : Son of George Alfred and Louisa Maria Rudge; husband of Margaret Rudge
Memorial : Elmley Lovett St Michael's Church WW2 War Memorial
Also appears on : Aston Fields War Memorial.
Additional information on the memorial: Grenadier Guards.
Appears on the Army casualties list for Worcestershire.
Berrow’s Worcester Journal, Saturday 4th November 1944:
Killed in Holland
Guardsman Wm. George Rudge is the first Elmley Lovett soldier to be killed in action during this war. His parents, Mr and Mrs George Rudge, of Tinker’s Cottage, Elmley Lovett, have been informed that he died on October 7 in Holland.
Guardsman Rudge, aged 24, was born at Abbots Wood, near Kempsey, and educated at Cutnall Green School. Before joining the Forces he was employed by Hills’ Patent Glazing Company, West Bromwich. He served for 3½ years with the Royal Artillery before being drafted to the Guards.
In 1942 he married Mis Margaret Bratt, only daughter of Mr and Mrs W. Bratt, of Bromsgrove.
Mr Rudge, senior, saw service with the Worcestershire Regiment for 14½ years, also being on the reserve for four years after the last war.
Reported with photo