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James Rutledge (Ruttledge / Routledge)

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Abbeyshrule
Civil Parish: Abbeyshrule
Catholic Parish: Carrickedmond
Alternative Address: Gorteenclareen, Ballymahon
Census 1901: Possibly resident at Tobercormick, Co. Westmeath
Census 1911: Resident at Gorteenclareen
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 'C' Company
Regiment Number: 3043
Date of Death: 20-08-1915
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

James was born c.1880 in near Abbeyshrule. Prior to the Great War, James was living with his family in Longford and was working as a horse trainer. Private Rutledge enlisted in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. He was killed in action while billeted at the ramparts (town fortifications) near the Lille Gate, Ypres/Ieper, when they were heavily shelled on the 20 August. Six men of 'C' Comapny died in the attack. Referred to by Lieut. Frank Hitchcock in his diary, published as 'Stand To': A Diary of the Trenches, 1915-1918 (reprinted 1988), p. 81.  

James's brother Joseph was listed as his next-of-kin. 

Parents Names: Son of John and Susan Ruttledge of Gorteenclareen, Co. Longford

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