Lance Corporal William Ruddiman

Lance Corporal William Ruddiman, 7th ( Service )Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos aged 25. He  is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Walter Ruddiman of Foresters Lodge. Leslie, Fife. ( For fuller details of this famous action see under Crerar ). The first photo shows part of the Loos battlefield  looking towards the German front line and the second rather ghostly image depicts an actual attack with the troops disappearing into the clouds of smoke and gas. The artist’s illustration shows Piper Daniel Laidlaw winning the Victoria Cross by piping the men out of their trenches whilst under heavy fire. This was the first time in the War that the British Army had used gas and on occasion the wind blew it back into our trenches.

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