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Full Name
Laurence Frederick Rudd
Rank Last Held
  • Private
  • Colonel
Forename(s)
Laurence Frederick
Surname
Rudd
Also Known As
  • Lawrence
  • God
War
  • World War I, 1914-1918
  • World War II, 1939-1945
  • Territorial Military Service
Serial No.
  • 56356
  • 2116
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
13 January 1898
Place of Birth
Christchurch, New Zealand
Religion
  • Methodist
  • Anglican
First Known Rank
  • Private
  • Major
Occupation before Enlistment
  • Law clerk
  • Barrister & solicitor
Next of Kin
  • Minchin Rudd (father), 76 Grange Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mrs Dorothy E. Rudd (wife), 27 St Leonards Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
  • Single
  • Married, 4 children
Enlistment Address
  • 76 Grange Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 27 St Leonards Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Physical Description
  • Height: 5 foot 9 inches
  • Eyes: brown
  • Hair: Black
Enlistment Date
  • April 1917
  • 1940
Age on Enlistment
  • 19
  • 42
Military District
  • Auckland
  • Auckland
Body on Embarkation
  • New Zealand Expeditionary Force
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
  • 29th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
  • 6 Field Company, New Zealand Engineers
  • Headquarters, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Date
  • 13 August 1917
  • 5 January 1940
Place of Embarkation
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
  • Mokoia
  • Strathaird
  • Nieuw Amsterdam
Destination
  • Glasgow, Scotland (2 October 1917)
  • Port Tewfik, Egypt (12 February 1940)
  • Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
  • 70
  • WW2 1
  • WW2 12
Page on Nominal Roll
  • 6
  • WW2 158
  • WW2 169
Other Units
1 Field Company, NZ Engineers
Campaigns
  • Western Europe
  • Greece
  • Crete
  • Western Desert
  • Italy
Military Awards
  • Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Africa Star
  • Defence Medal
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • New Zealand War Service Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
  • Silver Jubilee Medal 1935
  • Coronation Medal 1937
  • Efficiency Decoration (ED)
  • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
  • New Zealand Territorial Service Medal
Award Circumstances
DSO citation: "For outstanding leadership and devotion to duty. At Corinth on 26 April 1941 when heavily attacked by airborne troops, this officer ensured that the vital Corinth bridge was demolished, then fought a delaying action with some survivors of his field company and other units and finally lead them for twenty miles across country to safety. His coolness and ready judgement inspired others and helped to save a desperate situation." (NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944)
Wounds and Diseases
  • Wounded in left forearm at Meteren in 1918
  • Hospitalised in Westphalia, Germany
POW Action prior to Capture
Captured in the Bailleul (Meteren) trenches by the Germans
POW Serial Number
75204
POW Date of Capture
16 April 1918
POW Place of Capture
Bailleul
POW Days Interned
224
POW Camps
  • Munster II
  • Minden
POW Liberation Date
30 November 1918
Discharge Date
  • 23 April 1919
  • 12 November 1946
Last Unit Served
  • Auckland Infantry Battalion
  • Prisoners of War Reception Group, UK
Reason for Discharge
  • End of War
  • Posted to Reserve of Officers
Place of Death
Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Death
8 March 1973
Age at Death
75
Year of Death
1973
Cause of Death
Cancer
Cemetery Name
St Andrew's Churchyard, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand
Grave Reference
Plot 317
Memorial Name
Memorial plaque, St Andrew's Church, Epsom, Auckland
Memorial Reference
5th Transept
Obituary
Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 March 1973
Biographical Notes
  • Attended New Plymouth High Scool (1911) and later Auckland Grammar School (1911 - 1914).
  • Graduated LLB, New Zealand UNiveristy in 1922. A Barrister and Solicitor, he was a partner in the Law Firm Rudd, Garland; later Rudd, Garland and Horrocks.
  • Enlisted for World War 2 at age 42. Served as Officer in Charge, 6 Field Company, NZ Engineers
  • Promoted to Military Secretary to General Officer Commanding, 2 NZEF, 1942
  • Commander of 2 NZEF UK POW Reception Group, 1944 based in Britain until 12 November 1946.
  • Appointed member of British Legal Mission to Greece, 1945
  • Promoted Colonel in 1946
  • Posted to Reserve of Officers, May 1946
  • His daughter notes that whilst he was Military Secretary he was called "God"
  • President of Auckland Officers' Club
  • President of the Auckland RSA branch
  • Honorary Consul to the Republic of the Philippines
Postwar Occupation
Barrister & solicitor
Description of Image
  • Portrait, with medal ribbons (kindly provided by family)
  • Portrait, WW2, informal standing outside (kindly provided by family)
NZETC
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic page
Further References
  • Portrait of Laurence Frederick Rudd (pencil on paper) is held by Pictorial Collections, Auckland War Memorial Museum.
  • Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1941. portrait
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943)
  • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (compilers). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, The Authors.
  • Auckland Grammar School chronicle. [1913-]. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School.
Previous Military Experience
  • New Plymouth High School cadets, 1911
  • Auckland Grammar School cadets, 1911-1914
  • Territorial Force, 1922 - 1939, Corps of Engineers
  • Officer Commanding of 1 Field Company, New Zealand Engineers, 1934-39

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