Rucker, Barrington Ambrose: Service no. 54234

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Private Rucker was BENJAMIN Rucker of Bedford County, Virginia, USA. He embellished his information on his attestation papers – changing his name and birth location and providing a fanciful occupation – “orange picker.” Ben’s father was an attorney in Bedford County, VA, and Ben appears there with the family in both the 1900 and 1910 US censuses. In 1910, he is one of seven children, all born in Virginia. He was certainly in school although this is not indicated on the census.

Source: Anne Lewis Leyden (47527891) via Find-A-Grave.

Two Are Killed Three Succumb
London Advertiser. December 8, 1915. Page 9.

Note that a news article exists in Fort William Daily Times Journal, 14 Jan 1916 titled “Fort William Doctor Takes Bullet From Brain Of Soldier Who Regains Health After Remarkable Operation” relating to Major John G. Hunt and Private Rucker. in the article Pte. Rucker survives. The following keywords are present: Great War ; World War I ; WWI ; Major John G. Hunt ; Fort William resident/doctor ; Army Medical Corps ; Preforms operation on Pte. Rucker ; 18th Battalion ; No.1 Canadian Military Hospital.

"Died of Wounds" (Gunshot Wound right and left Eyes and Head) at No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples.
“Died of Wounds” (Gunshot Wound right and left Eyes and Head) at No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples.
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Source: Photo by Len via Find-A-Grave.

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