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William Cruickshanks Taylor Rusk

 

William Cruickshanks Taylor RUSK & Anne McGarvie HOLDEN
26 November 1913, Dundee, Scotland 2 December 1919, Dundee, Scotland

Married: 9 September 1944, Dundee, Scotland

William was born on the 26th of November 1913 at 37 Catherine Street, Dundee. He attended Ann Street Primary School, Stobswell School, and took on an apprenticeship as a butcher. He joined the Boy's Brigade, played football, and then joined the Royal Navy during the Second World War. 

During the war, he trained at H.M.S. Ganges, Ipswich and then was drafted to H.M.S. Drake Devonport in 1940. He was next assigned to H.M.S. Prince of Wales and sailed for Newfoundland, Canada, with Winston Churchill on board, to meet President Roosevelt. He then patrolled the Atlantic and escorted convoys. He had some action against Bismarck, when H.M.S. Hood was sunk, and then left for the Far East to form G. Force with the H.M.S. Repulse and four destroyers. He had also taken part in the defence of Malta. In 1941 he landed at Singapore and patrolled Malaysia, in H.M.S. Prince of Wales and H.M.S. Repulse. In 1941, they were attacked by 60 aircraft, 43 of which carried torpedoes. H.M.S. Repulse was sunk at 1233, and the H.M.S. Prince of Wales was sunk at 1320, on the 10th of December 1941.
William was picked up by H.M.S. Eclipse
(probably HMS Express) and returned to Singapore. Singapore fell February 1942, at which point he joined H.M.S. Endeavour in convoy. They landed in the Mediterranean to join the fleet, playing various parts in the African campaign. He was sent to Alexandria to board S.S. Strathmore for the United Kingdom and then landed in time for the invasion of France. Drafted to H.M.S. Loch Killim, they patrolled the Atlantic and the Channel in the hunt for submarines. When the Europe conflict ended, he was getting ready to return to the Far East, when Japan signed the Treaty. He received several campaign medals--1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, French and German Star, African Star, Pacific Star, Burma Star, Malta Medal, Victory Medal, and the National Service Medal. He is a member of the Prince of Wales and Repulse Survivors' Association.

William's wife, Anne McGarvie Holden was born the 2nd of December 1919, at 185 Princes Street, Dundee. She then moved to 3 Arbroath Road, Dundee. She went to Wallacetown Primary and then Stobswell School. She was granted a bursary for Morgan Academy. 
During the war, she joined the Red Cross and was sent to Gleneagles Hotel, to nurse forces who had been injured in action. She trained at D.R.I. training school, to become a qualified nurse and joined the medical staff, at Brigg's munition factory. 
After the war, she joined the N.C.R., but left when the nursing staff was taken over by a private company. Anne then became a welfare and personnel officer, at a rubber factory. the firm offered to move her to England, when the factory closed in Dundee, but she decided to stay. She then worked at the Liff Mental Hospital. On retiring, she did voluntary work for the elderly. She played hockey for the Kingsway Ladies hockey team. 

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