Blackmore Area Local History

First World War Commemoration:
William Edward Rudling

Died in the First World War.
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William Edward Rudling

War Memorial: Place and inscription
Blackmore War Memorial: Pte. W. Rudling.
Church window: William E Rudling.
Ongar & District War Memorial Hospital Roll of Honour (Blackmore) as W
E Rudley, (probably on account of the fact that it was several years after the conclusion of the Great War that the Hospital was built) [ERO A10815].


Suffolk Regiment. 2nd Battalion.  Service No: 27046. [CWGC]

Service Details:
Born: Blackmore, Essex
Enlisted: Epping [SDGW]
Medal card: Victory/British K/1/103 B15 p. 2956 []

Personal and family information:
Brother of Mr. A. Rudling, of 10,
Elm Park, Brixton Hill, London. [CWGC]
The name does not appear on the 1881 census for Blackmore, or having been born in Blackmore.
William Edward Rudling was baptised on
27th April 1879 at St Michael’s Church, Thorpe-le-Soken (Tendring district), Essex.  His parents were William (a painter) and Sarah.  The priest records the place of residence as ‘Thorp’ [ERO D/P 8/1/6].
The 1901 census lists William Rudling age 22 as grocer’s assistant.  He gives his birthplace as Thorp-le-Soken, and lived in
Church Street with John Martin (also born Thorpe-le-Soken) and family, in what is now Longbeam Cottage.
1911: Living in Blackmore, age 30 (so was 8 years older than in 1901!)

Date of Death:
16th August 1916


Where died:
Killed in action in the
Battle of the Somme.

Place of Burial or Commemoration:
Thiepval Memorial. Pier & Face 2A. 

List of Sources:, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (
CWGC), Essex Record Office, Soldiers who Died in the Great War,

War Memorial

Church Window

Thiepval Memorial
where William Rudling is remembered alongside another 73000

Great War Gallery

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Last Updated: 21 July 2010