Ruston Edward Walter Major 451 Battery
Name Ruston Edward (Ted) Walter
Army number 140218
Decorations Military Cross (see Obituary for details of citation).
Date of birth 1/8/1915 at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.
Age 99 at the time of his death.
Unit Joined Royal Artillery in 1934. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 3/6/1940. Posted 1 Mountain Regiment, Royal Artillery. From an Emergency Commission he was commissioned as a Lieutenant 21/9/1946, but with seniority from 3/6/1940. Remained in the Army until 1958.
Company/Battery 451 Battery.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Battery Captain. Battery Commander from 22/5/1942.
Joined Brigade 1942
Promotions Lieutenant 20/7/1940. War Substantive Captain. Captain 21/9/1946. Major.
Wounded Yes, at Walcheren, Aller, Elbe. Date not yet confirmed.
Prisoner of War Not as far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Died 30/12/2014 aged 99.
Home address Father seems to have been a Solicitor in Chatteris. Married Cathy Whatoff 1944. Emigrated to Australia 1994.
To read Major Ruston's Obituary please see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11374900/Major-Ted_Ruston-soldier-obituary.html
We are also grateful to Major Ruston's son, John, for additional photographs featuring the Battery.