|Service number||1914, 1946|
|Ranks Held||Lieutenant, Private, Second Lieutenant, Sergeant|
|Birth Place||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Collingwood|
|Death Place||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Heidelberg|
|Service||Australian Imperial Force|
|Unit||22nd Australian Infantry Battalion|
Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1918-07-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-11-27
Major William (Rusty) Ruthven
William "Rusty" Ruthven was born at Collingwood, Melbourne, and was a mechanic in the timber industry before enlisting in April 1915. After serving on Gallipoli he went to France, where he was wounded in April 1916.
During an attack near Ville-sur-Ancre on 19 May 1918, Ruthven performed outstanding acts of bravery. He took command of a company after the officer commanding was wounded, and personally assaulted enemy strongpoints. Throughout the successful action, he led by example, inspiring and encouraging his men. During the mopping-up and consolidation, he captured 32 Germans.
Ruthven was commissioned in July 1918 and discharged in December. He became a soldier-settler for a while, but returned to Collingwood and became a local councillor. During the Second World War he served in garrison battalions, reaching the rank of major. From 1945 to 1961 he was a member of the Victorian parliament.
Ruthven received the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First and Second World Wars and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.