Charles Edward (Eddie) RUDOLPH

RUDOLPH, Charles Edward

Service Number: 8428
Enlisted: 10 September 1915
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 1st Divisional Signal Company
Born: Stanley, Victoria, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Stanley, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: St Patricks College Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Commonwealth Public Servant
Died: Measles & broncho-pneumonia, Casualty Clearing Station, France, 22 February 1917
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beechworth War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, 8428
22 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 8428, 1st Divisional Signal Company

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Biography contributed by Leanne Booth

Eddie Rudolph enlisted on 9 September 1915. He was 20 years and 11 months old, five feet, nine inches tall, and had a sallow complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was a single man who worked as a Commonwealth public servant. He embarked on the Euripides, landing in Egypt on 9 May 1916, where he joined the Engineers Training Depot. He proceeded to England in mid-August, and arrived at Parkhouse for further training. Sapper Rudolph proceeded overseas on 19 January 1917 to Etaples, France where he was taken on strength at the 1st Divisional Signal Company. On 18 February he was admitted to hospital in the field sick with measles. He was transferred to the Casualty Clearing Station (CCS), as his condition worsened and developed into broncho-pneumonia. Sapper Eddie Rudolph died of disease on 22 February 1917 at the 38th CCS in France. He was 22 years old. His effects were sent home to his father, and included an identity disc, pocket book, brooch, cigarette case, nail file, two 50 Centimes notes, wallet, leather case, cards, photos, four coins, Signalling Certificate, letter, cigarette cards.