Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Thomas William Rudd

In memory of
Sapper
Thomas William Rudd
September 19, 1944
France

Military Service:

Service Number:
M/35671
Age:
25
Force:
Army
Unit:
Royal Canadian Engineers
Division:
6 Field Park Sqn.

Additional Information:

Son of Thomas and Annie Margaret Rudd (1974 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother) of Stettler, Alberta.

Brother of Sergeant Francis Rudd, Royal Canadian Air Force, killed in action 10 October 1943 and Albert John (Jack). Husband of Walburga Rudd, of Erskine, Alberta.

Thomas Rudd, Sr. was an Imperial veteran, having served in the First World War with the British Forces. He was seriously wounded in 1917 and holds a Military Medal. Albert John also saw service with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, he was wounded in Italy in 1944. Albert John's son Jack is also a member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Commemorated on Page 433 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
ADEGEM CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY , Belgium
Grave Reference:
II. D. 2.
Location:
Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944. By 3rd November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt; but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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