Biography of Second Lieutenant George Henry Rudkin M.C.
21st Battalion Machine Gun Corps Regiment
Formerly 1795 Lincolnshire Yeomanry
Died 28th October 1918

Soldier

  • Name: George Henry Rudkin
    Date of birth: 1885
    Place of Birth: Hanby, Lincolnshire, England
    Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1885
    Place of Birth Registration: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Father

  • Name: James Rudkin
  • DOB: 1854
  • Place of Birth: Hanby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer and grazier

Mother

  • Name: Annie Henshae
  • DOB: 1848
  • Place Of Birth: Liverpool, Lancashire
  • Marriage: 19th October 1980 St Saviour, Liverpool, Lancashire

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Mary Elizabeth Rudkin, 1881, Hanby
  • Emily Claudine Rudkin, 1883, Hanby
  • Annie Ruth Rudkin, 1884, Hanby
  • George Henry Rudkin, 1885, Hanby
  • James Algernon Rudkin, 1888, Hanby
  • Ernest Rudkin, 1890, Hanby
  • Ellen Henshaw Rudkin, 1891, Hanby
  • Florence Agnes Rudkin, 1894, Hanby

Census

  • 1891: George is living with his parents at The Farm, Lenton, Lincolnshire.
  • 1901: George is living with his parents in Braceby Road, Lento with Hanby, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as a farmer’s son.
  • 1911: George is living by himself at Keisby, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 25 and he is listed as a farmer.

Relatives in services

  • None found

Wife

  • Name: Ethel Henrietta Hutchinson
  • Date of birth: 1893
  • Place of Birth: Willoughton, Lincolnshire, England

Marriage

  • Date of Marriage: 1917
  • Place of Marriage: Sleaford District

Wife’s parents

  • Father: Richard Hutchinson
  • Mother: Ethel Pickhall

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 12th October 1918
  • Second-Lieut. G.H. Rudkin, M.G.C., eldest son of Mr. James Rudkin, the Manor House, Folkingham, has been awarded the Military Cross, under circumstances officially reported as follows:- “He fought his guns with great courage and initiative during a critical period of an enemy attack under heavy artillery fire and set a magnificent example to his men in staying to the last and covering the withdrawal of the infantry.” Second-Lieut. Rudkin’s many friends will warmly congratulate him on the distinction he had earned.

 

  • Lincolnshire Echo Monday 14th October 1918
  • Sed-Lieut. G. H. Rudkin (M.G.C.), eldest son of Mr. J. Rudkin of Folkingham and well known in Belvoir Hunt circles has won the Military Cross.

 

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 2nd November 1918
  • DEATHS
  • RUDKIN – On the 28th October, at Manor House, Folikingam, Ann, the wife of James Rudkin, aged 69 years
  • RUDKIN – On the 28th October, at the 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln, Sedond-Lieut. George Henry Ridkin, M.C. (Machine Gun Corps), eldest son of James and the late Ann Rudkin, of Folkingham, age 33 years.

 

  • FOLKINGHAM
  • SAD NEWS – Many inhabitants of Folkingham and district were plonged in grief when the sad news became known of the death of Mrs. Rudkin at the Manor House, followed shortly after by that of her son, Lieut. George Rudkin. Mrs Rudkin who had for some time been in failing health, was unable to bear the suspense of her son’s illness and passed peacefully away. Lieut. Rudkin joined uo in September 1914, in the Lincolnshire Yeomanry, and was aboard the Mercian when the transport was shelled. He served 14 months in Egypt, and was gazetted in 1917 to the Machine Gun Corps. He went to France, and won his M.C. in the retirement of the 21st March. Invalided home in April, he had been in hospital ever since and died on Oct. 28th in his 33rd year, from pneumonia, following influenza. By his death we lose a most promising and respected officer. In civil life he was a keen agriculturist, and was ever ready to assist his neighbours. His genial presence amongst us will be sorely missed, and the sympathy of the whole district goes out to the bereaved wife and father and family.

 

  • THE SINCERE SYMPATHY of the inhabitants is expressed to Mr. James Rudkin upon the great and sudden loss by death of his wife and eldest son, within only a few hours of each other. Lieut. Rudkin had resided at Hanby practically the whole of his life and the family were most highly respected. Mr George, as he was usually spoken of, was a most useful and prominent member of the Church choir, and gained the regard of most people with whom he came in contact.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Second Lieutenant G H Rudkin, MC, 21st Bn Machine Gun Corps who died on 28th October 1918.

Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • No one named

Medals

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal
    The 15 Star
  • Military Cross

Memorials

  • UK:
  • Folkingham, Roll of Honour in St Andrew’s Church

 

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Second Lieutenant G H Rudkin MC, Machine Gun Corps Regiment who died on 28 October 1918
  • Remembered with honour, Folkingham (St Andrew) Churchyard

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Joined Lincolnshire Yeomanry September 1914
  • Gazetted to Machine Gun Corps in 1917
  • Died of pneumonia

 

  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed

Sources

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (www.ancestry.co.uk)
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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