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Socks from Bungendore Pioneer Battalion CO Letters

Socks from Bungendore Pioneer Battalion CO Letters

Socks from Bungendore edited by Martha Rutledge and William Rutledge

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Thomas Rutledge was 25 years old when he enlisted for World War I service. It spent 6 years in militia units. Prior to his World War I service he was a grazier from Bungendore in New South Wales managing his family’s wool station called Gidleigh. He went to Gallipoli as an officer with the 7th Light Horse Regiment. On 27 October 1915 he become sick with bronchitis and was evacuated to Malta.
On the reorganization of the AIF he was transferred to the Reserve Training Regiment. On 12 June 1916 he proceeded to England with the 2nd Training Battalion. Later in October 1917 proceeded to the front line in France becoming a senior officer with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion.
In April 1918 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel becoming the commanding officer of the 4th Pioneer Battalion AIF.


This book lists his numerous letters that he wrote home during the war. The editors have undertaken a tremendous amount of work to locate the full names of people mentioned within the letters.


This book would be of high interest to anyone who wanted to research the operations of the Training Battalions located on Salisbury Plains and the front line Pioneer Battalions.



  • Outer Cover on Book: Hard Boards with Dust Jacket
  • Dimensions in mm : 145 x 220 x 32
  • Book Condition: PERFECT - NEW BOOK
  • Total Pages: 392

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