TRUDGETT, JAMES ALBERT, Sergt., No. 5435, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, 3rd s. of George Alfred Trudgett, of 68, Lime Tree Place, Stowmarket, Suffolk, by his wife, Harriet, dau. of William Greenwood, of Stowmarket; b. Stowmarket, 18 Dec. 1883; educ. British School there, and was for a short time a Clerk in the offices of the New Explosives Co.’s Works at Stowmarket; enlisted in the King’s Dragoon Guards, 3 Jan. 1901, and after training at York was drafted to the regt. then in South Africa; remained there a year, then returned to England; served at Hounslow and Aldershot; went to India, 6 Nov. 1907, and was stationed at Ambala and later at Lucknow; went to France with the Lucknow Cavalry Brigade about Nov. 1914; took part in the heavy fighting round La Bassée, and was killed in action at Hooge, 2 June, 1915; unm.
The Adjutant, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, wrote: “Your son was with me in the Headquarters during the 1st and 2nd and gave me very able assistance in taking messages, and assisting in dressing the wounded. During the severe bombardment of the 2nd, at about 2 p.m., the dug-out was blown in, in two places, and I gave your son an order to take the most important papers and go down the communication trench to a place of greater safety in Zouave Wood. That was the last I saw of him. The communication trench was almost obliterated, his body not being discovered for two days. The Lincoln Regt. reported that in clearing the trench, they had found him and buried him in Zouave Wood. I cannot tell you how great a loss he is to the regt., Colonel and myself. A thorough, trustworthy, gallant soldier, and mourned by all ranks.”
Source : De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour Vol 1