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Online Cenotaph

Laurence Frederick Rudd

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  • Service number
    • 56356 AWMM
    • 2116 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Lawrence AWMM
    • God AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    • Inter War Private AWMM
      Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
    • WW2 Colonel AWMM
      Prisoners of War Reception Group AWMM
  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Territorial Military Service AWMM
Portrait, with medal ribbons (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright
Portrait, with medal ribbons (kindly provided by family) - T … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Laurence Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Rudd AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Lawrence AWMM
    • God AWMM
  • Service number
    • 56356 AWMM
    • 2116 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    • Methodist, Christian AWMM
    • Anglican, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    13 January 1898 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • WW1 Law Clerk AWMM
    • WW2 Solicitor and Barrister AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Solicitor and Barrister AWMM
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre Apr 1917 76 Grange Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 1940 27 St Leonards Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Minchin Rudd (father), 76 Grange Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Dorothy E. Rudd (wife), 27 St Leonards Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 13 Aug 1917 Single AWMM
    • Pre 05 Jan 1940 Married AWMM
      Married, 4 children AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Territorial Military Service AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 56356 AWMM
    • 2116 AWMM
  • Military service
    • New Plymouth High School cadets, 1911 AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School cadets, 1911-1914 AWMM
    • Territorial Force, 1922 - 1939, Corps of Engineers AWMM
    • Officer Commanding of 1 Field Company, New Zealand Engineers, 1934-39 AWMM
    • New Zealand Engineers, 1 Field Company AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO citation: "For outstanding leadership and devotion to duty. At Corinth on 26 April 1941 when heavily attacked by airborne troops, this officer ensured that the vital Corinth bridge was demolished, then fought a delaying action with some survivors of his field company and other units and finally lead them for twenty miles across country to safety. His coolness and ready judgement inspired others and helped to save a desperate situation." (NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944) AWMM
    • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Silver Jubilee Medal 1935 AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1937 AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM
    • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Territorial Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 Apr 1917 AWMM
      Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 1940 AWMM
      Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    • WW1 19 AWMM
    • WW2 42 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    • WW1 13 Aug 1917-2 October 1917 AWMM to Glasgow, Scotland AWMM HMNZT 91 AWMM
      Vessel was Mokoia AWMM
      Private AWMM
      29th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company AWMM
      New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM
    • WW2 5 January 1940 AWMM HMT Z3 AWMM
      Vessel was Strathaird AWMM
      Major AWMM
      New Zealand Engineers, 6 Field Company AWMM
      2NZEF: 1st Echelon AWMM
    • WW2 Apr 1942 AWMM Unknown Transport AWMM
      Vessel was Nieuw Amsterdam AWMM
      Headquarters, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM
      Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW1 POW - Munster II AWMM
      Captured in the Bailleul (Meteren) trenches by the Germans AWMM
    • WW1 POW - Minden AWMM
  • Days interned
    16 Apr 1918-30 November 1918 AWMM
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    75204 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
      Wounded in left forearm at Meteren in 1918 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Hospitalised in Westphalia, Germany AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Inter War 23 April 1919 AWMM
      End of War AWMM
      Private AWMM
      Auckland Infantry Battalion AWMM
    • WW2 12 November 1946 AWMM
      Posted to Reserve of Officers AWMM
      Colonel AWMM
      Prisoners of War Reception Group AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended New Plymouth High Scool (1911) and later Auckland Grammar School (1911 - 1914).

    Graduated LLB, New Zealand UNiveristy in 1922. A Barrister and Solicitor, he was a partner in the Law Firm Rudd, Garland; later Rudd, Garland and Horrocks.

    Enlisted for World War 2 at age 42. Served as Officer in Charge, 6 Field Company, NZ Engineers

    Promoted to Military Secretary to General Officer Commanding, 2 NZEF, 1942

    Commander of 2 NZEF UK POW Reception Group, 1944 based in Britain until 12 November 1946.

    Appointed member of British Legal Mission to Greece, 1945

    Promoted Colonel in 1946

    Posted to Reserve of Officers, May 1946

    His daughter notes that whilst he was Military Secretary he was called "God"

    President of Auckland Officers' Club

    President of the Auckland RSA branch

    Honorary Consul to the Republic of the Philippines

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    75 AWMM
  • Date of death
    8 March 1973 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    • Died of Disease AWMM
    • Pancreatic cancer Public - Audrey - Child - 26 April 2016 - I was living at home with him
  • Place of death
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    St Andrew's Churchyard, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Grave reference
    Plot 317 AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Memorial plaque, St Andrew's Church, Epsom, Auckland AWMM
  • Memorial reference
    5th Transept AWMM
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 March 1973 AWMM

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  • My husband's father CCMS H R (Bert) Hansen was also captured at Meteren on the same day. Bert was incarcerated in 6 prisons in France and Belgium but escaped from 2 of them. He was a free man in Belgium when the Armistice was announced. My husband is aware that Colonel Rudd was Bert's solicitor before Bert died in 1951, also from cancer. I have had contact with several other families of soldiers from the 2nd Entrenching Bn who were also captured on the same day in April 1918 but this is the first time I knew that Col. Rudd had also been captured at Meteren. I have just finished writing a detailed account of Bert Hansen's unique story as a POW in WW1 and it is just about to go to the printer. How can I get Bert Hansen's details on to this Online Cenotaph? Kath Hansen
    Public - Kath - Researcher - 16 May 2016

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      70: 6 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 158 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 169 AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1941. portrait AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 March 1973 AWMM
    • A.U.C. roll of honour, 1914 - 1920. MSS & Archives E-2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM

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