Picture 1 of 3In most communities across Britain, at the beginning of both World War 1 and World War 2, there were some men already serving in the Armed Forces, either Regular, Reserve or Territorial; some who volunteered at the earliest opportunity, and others who were ‘called up’ following conscription.

It is not surprising, therefore, that most Ruskington men served as a “Private” (also known as “Gunner“, “Sapper“, “Trooper” or “Fusilier“, according to Regiment). The Royal Navy equivalent was “AB” (Able Seaman). Later in World War 2 the RAF ranks were added to the list.

Some of these men gained promotions to “Non-commissioned Officers“. The NCO corps usually includes many grades of the enlisted, such as “Corporal” and “Sergeant“.

The Ruskington Memorial contains only three WW1 men of “Officer” Rank – 1 Captain, 1 2nd Lieutenant and 1 Lieutenant. There is also 1 “Flying Officer” named from WW2.

The relevant areas of responsibility and command for each rank is:

      • Private                               None
      • (Lance) Corporal            Section (12 men)
      • Sergeant                           2nd i/c of a Platoon
      • (2nd) Lieutenant            Platoon  (50 men)
      • Captain                             Company  (200 men)
      • Major                                2nd i/c of a Battalion
      • Lieutenant Colonel        C.O. Battalion  (1000 men)