Lt David Alfred Rutherford, MC and bar

1899 Born Waltham Cross, Herts

1901 census living at The Hollies, Cheshunt (Herts), Cheshunt

1911 census living at Mostyn House School, Cheshire as a boarder

1916 May 10. The undermentioned Gentlemen Cadets from the R. Mil. Academy to be 2nd Lts.: — David Alfred Rutherford, R.G.A

1917 Jun 15. 2nd Lt. David Alfred Rutherford, R.G.A. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when acting as Forward Observing Officer. He sent back most valuable reports on the situation, and eventually succeeded in establishing a telephone line in close proximity to the enemy.

1918 Jul 22. Bar to MC Gazetted Lt. David Alfred Rutherford, M.C., R.G.A. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When in command of the forward section of the battery he kept all his guns in action under a heavy fire, until being ordered to withdraw late in the day he got his guns safely away across open country and over a railway embankment, the roads having become unpassable from shell fire. His quick and determined action saved the guns.

1918 Oct 15. RGA The undermentioned to be Acting Capt. - Lt. D. A. Rutherford, M.C.

1919 Apr 8. Relinquishes the acting rank of Capt D. A. Rutherford, M.C. RGA

1920 Nov 1 Died . Son of David Carter Rutherford and Charlotte Ann Rutherford, of Powis Court, Bushey Heath, Herts. He had been riding a solo Triumph motorbike.

Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton

There then pursued a dispute about his will, in which he left everything to a Angelina Schulte

1921 Nov 29. The British finally get proof from the IRA that he has been executed.

1922 Feb 11. Probate to his father in the end.

A memorial of a Peal of Bells was given to St Peters, Bushey Heath, Herts by his parents. The peal of eight bells are a very significant memorial. The old Church had only a single bell and although the tower of the new Church was built in 1913, it was not until 1921 that it was able to boast a peal of bells. They were given by Sir David and Lady Rutherford of Powis Court in memory of their son , as the inscription on the tenor bell confirms:-"To the glory of God and in loving memory of their dear son, Lieut David Alfred Rutherford, MC  RGA  killed in Ireland October 1920, these eight bells were presented by Mr & Mrs D C Rutherford, of this parish".

His parents continued to own Powis Court until the 1930s.

Missing Artillerymen