Rutherford, Thomas George

Rutherford, Thomas George (George)

Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)

Died of wounds on Thursday 12 October 1916 (aged 36)

Buried:

Etaples Military Cemetery, France (Grave I. A. 61)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Rutherford Family Grave Headstone, Ballymena New Cemetery, Co Antrim

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas George Rutherford was born on 20 April 1880 in Newcastle, Co Down and he was a son of the Rev Thomas and Mrs Margaret Rutherford (nee Finlay) who were married on 11 September 1877 in Donegall Place Methodist Church Belfast (since closed).  Thomas Rutherford, a Methodist Minister from Tandragee, was a son of George Rutherford, a farmer.  Margaret Finlay from Holywood, Belfast was a daughter of John Finlay, a baker and grocer.

The Rev Thomas Rutherford was a Methodist Minister and he and Margaret had at least six children:

John Finlay (born 30 June 1878 in Bridge Street, Banbridge, Co Down)

Thomas George (born 20 April 1880 in Newcastle, Co Down)

Mary Jane (May, born 8 April 1883 in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh; died of pleurisy in the Methodist Manse, Ballymena 15 June 1900 aged 17)

William (born 29 March 1886 in Mullins, Co Donegal)

Robert Montgomery Finlay (born 18 November 1888 in Bowling Green, Strabane, Co Tyrone)

Charles W (born 24 October 1891 in Lurgan, Co Armagh)

Thomas George Rutherford worked as an apothecary’s apprentice before he moved to Canada.  There he worked as a druggist and he and his wife, Ethel Margaret Rutherford, lived at 283 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg and at 372 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg.  He enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec on 28 September 1914 and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 8½ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.  He joined the 106th Regiment of the Winnipeg Light Infantry as a Private and his Regimental Number was 20878.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and his Unit sailed on 3 October 1914.

In May 1915 he was hospitalised after sustaining gunshot wounds to his hip.  He re-joined his Unit in September 1915.  He attended Cadet School in the Field, was appointed Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS) in October 1915 and Temporary Lieutenant in January 1916.  He attended Stokes Gun School in the Field.

Lieutenant Thomas George Rutherford served with the 8th and 10th Battalions Canadian Infantry and he was 36 when he died of gas septicaemia on 12 October 1916 in the Red Cross Hospital at Le Touquet – following gunshot wounds to his right thigh sustained on 14 June 1916.  He was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Lieutenant Thomas George Rutherford’s death was reported in the 1 December 1916 edition of the County Down Spectator and at that time his wife Margaret was living in Hilliers, Vancouver Island, Canada.  Later she had an address at Eaton House, St Columb Minor, Cornwall.  His mother lived at 4 Seaview Terrace, Holywood.