C. Ruck

RUCK, Charles
Lance Corporal 8282,
1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers

Born - Grosmont, Monmouthshire
Enlisted - Brecon
Died - 9th May 1915 - Western Front - Killed in Action

Commemorated at Le Touret Memorial, Nr Armentieres, France -Panel 14-15

The above details are now confirmed from Parish records at St Mabon's Church, Llanfabon.

Charles Ruck

Charles Ruck’s name on Panel 14 (left)

Le Touret Memorial, France (right)

Le Touret Memorial

I had not been able to find out much about Charles Ruck, but at the bottom of this page in brown is the original entry for this page. This has enabled Amanda Luty (Ruck) to give me some more information about the family. My thanks to her for the information, and I hope she has more info I can put into this page.

Charles Ruck’s father’s name was James.

Amanda has informed me that the family moved to Llangattock Lingoed where they had thirteen children, three of which were step-brothers and sisters.

She informed me that Charles’ brother Tom also served in the First World War and I have asked her for more information about Tom, who was her grandfather.

Amanda also said that there was a war memorial in the parish of Llantilio Crossenny where the family must have lived at one time. The memorial is actually what remains of an ancient cross in the churchyard of St Teilo’s Church, Llantilio Crossenny. Charles Ruck is one of ten men from the parish honoured for their sacrifice in The First World War. There are two men named from the Second World War.

I have since been able to find out the following information about Charles Ruck. I am not sure when he came to the Nelson area, but recent records I have found show that in 1913 he was living in the Nelson area and was listed as a miner. He had been married in the fourth quarter of 1912. He married a Mary Thomas and the marriage was registered in his birth area of Monmouthshire.
Charles and Mary had three children that I know of:

Vera Mary Ruck was born in 1913 and baptized in July,
William Charles Ruck was born in 1914 and baptized in July that year
Haelfryn James was born in 1915 and baptized in October that year. Sadly, this was five months after his father, Charles, had been killed.


I have not been able to find out much information about Charles Ruck himself. I have directed my research towards his birthplace, Grosmont, Monmouthshire. I have located several people with the same family name. An unusual name that I believe them to be related in some way. Maybe the below details are Charles immediate family. Maybe these details could refresh someone’s memory or allow descendants to provide me more accurate information.

1891 census records show that Edwin Ruck (b. 1847) was married to Annie (b. 1863). There are only four children listed on 1891 census. Charles is not present, but it is possible that he may not have been born until after that date.

Beatrice - was born 1887
Alfred I - was born 1888
Edwin I - was born 1890 and
Bertha was 2 months old in 1891

The census reports show that by 1901, Alfred Ruck was living with his Aunt and Uncle, George and Margaret Ruck, and his five cousins:

Theldra (14yrs), George H (8yrs), William E (6yrs), Rose Elizabeth (1yr) and Jessie (6mths)


May 29th 1915.

Mrs Ruck, Tai Fforest Houses, has received an official communication from the war office stating her husband Cpl Ruck, South Wales Borderers has been killed in action.

June 5th 1915.

Corporal Charles Ruck, 8282, South Wales Borderers, killed in action at Richebourg S’avoie, France. The deceased who belonged to Regimental Police Headquarters company of the 1st Battalion was an old soldier and had served 12 years with the colours and several years and the reserves. He was sent to the front very early in the war, taking part in most of the fighting. He was killed during battle.

June 12th 1915.

As briefly reported in our last week’s issue, Mrs Ruck, Tai Fforest Cottages has received official intimation that her husband, Corporal Ruck, 8282, South Wales Borderers has been killed in action at Richebourg S’Avoie, France. Deceased, who belonged to the Regimental Police Headquarters of the 1st Battalion was an old soldier, and had served 12 years with the colours, and several years in the reserve. He was sent to the front very early in the war, taking part in most of the fighting, and only came home to Nelson for a brief rest furlough in March, returning to the front on Good Friday. We quote extracts below from the last letter sent by him and received by his wife and children:

I wish this would come to a finish, one way or the other, as I am growing tired of it, and I wish I was home with our dear little boys and you. But, dear wife, it will be one way or the other before the time that this reaches you, as we shall have gone through one of the biggest battles ever known. I hope God will spare me through it, but perhaps you will hear in England before we know ourselves how we have done. We have a bad 48hours in front of us all here. I pray to God this will not be the last. God bless you all.

It was during the battle referred to in this letter that Corporal Ruck was killed, the letter having been written on May 9th.

[Source: Merthyr Express]

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