James Albert Percival RUFF

Regimental number12/625
Marital statusSingle
Next of kinFather, A W Ruff, Wrack Street, Whangarei
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field on the 20th March 1918 north east of Mailly Maillet. At a critical time Sergeant Ruff organised a small party of men and rushed the enemy position killing and wounding the garrison. Though greatly outnumbered their fire, dash, and coolness carried the position in the face of stubborn resistance, and heavy enemy machine gun fire. By his fine leadership and determination, he greatly inspired all under his command.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 16 July 1918

Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body

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