Friday, May 13, 2005

13 May 1915 - Capt Ruddick, Medical Officer

The War Diary notes that on Thursday 13 May, Captain W.W. Ruddick, who had enlisted on 11 November 1914, and had been Medical Officer of the Train since their first months in Winnipeg - he signed the vaccination certifications on many of the soldiers' Medical Forms - also took charge of the Divisional Supply Column at Dibgate. This order was later (17 May) cancelled.

William Wallace Ruddick was a recent graduate as a physician from McGill University in Montreal (June 1914), but was originally from St Martin, New Brunswick, where he had served for two years as an officer with the 28th New Brunswick Dragoons. His father, Robert Carter Ruddick, also practised as a medical doctor in St Martin, St John parish, New Brunswick.

It is interesting to note that although there are images of two Attestation Papers for Ruddick on the LAC Soldiers of the First World War database, neither of these is his original AP. There is one AP filled in and signed at St John, New Brunswick on 26 Feb 1915, which was later rubber-stamped by the Pay & Record Office on 7 May 1915, and another which appears to have been completed in Montreal on 3 Jan 1919, after the end of the war.

The War Diary entry for that day also notes that Ruddick's batman, Private William Fred Fader (#50714 orig. #1659, not #678 as shown in the War Diary), originally with No. 5 Company, was "attached to No. 7 Company for rations, quarters and discipline." Presumably this was because Ruddick himself was now based in the tented camp at Dibgate, while No. 5 Company was still back at West Sandling. Fader was a cook before signing up, and therefore probably well suited to being a batman!

1901 Census of Canada, Images from Library & Archives of Canada & Indexed by
New Brunswick Vital Statistics from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
Canadian Medical News: Medical Colleges - McGill University Canadian Medical Association Journal 1914 July, Vol. 4(7): 644–650
Medical Council Examinations, Canadian Medical Association Journal 1914 November, Vol. 4(11): 978, publ. online by PubMedCentral


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