Ruddock, Henry Mark


The only son of the Reverend Mark Ruddock and Annie Ruddock of Ardeley, near Stevenage, he entered Bramston’s from Bengeo School, Hertfordshire and showed great promise as a runner, gaining second place in Junior and Senior Steeplechase. He was also a House Prefect.

War was declared whilst he was in Canada farming; he enlisted at once in the 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry and was sent to Europe in June 1915. In September they were posted to the front line, immediately suffering severe casualties when they were nearly wiped out by a mine explosion near Kemmel. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of Courcelette on 15th September 1916.

He was not the only Wykehamist to die that day on the Somme: ten others were killed or mortally wounded, including Captain Arthur Innes Adam (Coll.1907-1912, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment); Lieutenant Raymond Asquith (Coll.1892-1897, 3rd Grenadier Guards), the son of the Prime Minister; Lieutenant-Colonel Eric William Benson MC (A1901-1906, 9th KRRC); Major Charles Blair-Wilson (I1908-1913, 42nd Canadian Infantry); Lieutenant George Macpherson (I1909-1915, Heavy Section – Tanks – Machine Gun Corps); Lieutenant Warine Frederick Martindale (B1907-1912, 1st Scots Guards); Captain Desmond Clere Parsons (E1903-1908, 2nd Irish Guards); 2nd Lieutenant Evelyn Godfrey Worsley (A 1898-1903, 3rd Grenadier Guards); 2nd Lieutenant Geoffrey Wilfrid Penfold Wyatt (D1909-1915, 1st East Kent Regiment); and Lieutenant Raymond Gilbert Hooker Yeatherd (F1904-1908, 2nd Dragoon Guards).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Ruddock
  • Forenames or initials: Henry Mark
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1908-1913
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Regiment: Canadian Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 16th December 1894
  • Date of Death: 15th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the VIMY MEMORIAL