Saturday, November 16, 2013

30 Days of Remembrance - Day 18 - Stanley Arthur Rutledge

In memory of
Stanley Arthur Rutledge
who died on November 16, 1917 

Military Service:

Age: 26
Force: Air Force
Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Division: 28th Bn. and Royal Flying Corps.

Additional Information:

Date and Place of Birth: December 24, 1890 Fort William, Ontario, Canada
Date and Place of Enlistment: September 23, 1915 Montreal, Québec, Canada
Son of Edward S. and Anna J. Rutledge, of Fort William, Ontario.
Cemetery: HARLAXTON (SS. MARY AND PETER) CHURCHYARD; Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Grave Reference: North of Chancel.
Commemorated on Page 320 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Unlike the more recent subjects, there are many records available for Stanley Rutledge. For a relatively young man, he had accomplished much even before joining the Canadian forces in Sept 1915.

According to his Ontario birth registration , Stanley Rutledge was born on Christmas Eve 1889, to Edward Rutledge and Anna Jane Thibeaudeau  in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) ON,  He had several older sister and a young brother Wilfred. Both brothers were members of the 96th Lake Superior Regt before joining the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary force. The Rutledge brothers were quick to sign up: Wilfred joined in Oct 1914, Stanley followed a year later in Sept 1915, after graduating from Queens University in Kingston and completing two years of law school at Osgood Hall in Toronto.

According to an obituary published in the Toronto Star Dec 3 1917, Stanley Rutledge served 18 months overseas with the Princess Pats before singing up with the Royal Flying Corp.

Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919 for S A Rutledge confirms his death as accidental, without giving any additional detail.
Stanley Arthur Rutledge died Nov 16, 1917. His name is inscribed on the First World War Memorial at Osgood Hall.

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