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The Ashby Volunteers - Death of the Sergeant Instructor

Derby Mercury - 16th February 1870

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Staff-Sergeant William Rudkin, the late drill instructor to the 8th Hustings (Ashby) Leicestershire Rifle Volunteers, which took place on Tuesday, the 1st inst. Deceased was born at Quorndon in Leicestershire, in the year 1823, and at the age of 17 years enlisted in the 21st Scotch Fusilier Guards, but after three months' service was bought off. He soon after joined the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade, in which regiment he completed his term of 21 years service (15 years of which were served in Africa and some few years at Malta); on his way to the Crimea he was taken ill and ordered to Scutari. Deceased retired with the rank of Acting Sergeant-Major; he received two medals - one being the Kaffir War medal, and the other for long service and good conduct.

In the year 1860 he was appointed sergeant-instructor to the above company, and by his kindness and attention was highly esteemed by every member of the corps, both past and present. His remains were interred in the cemetery at Ashby-de-la-Zouch with military honours, according to his wish.

 Submitted on: 2014-02-01
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1821
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