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David Heylin Rudd was born in Glasgow on 2nd July 1894, one of two children of Agnes Henderson Rudd (née Wilson) and John Arthur Rudd, an engineer. Rudd attended The Glasgow Academy and then The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1914 as a day student of drawing and painting. During the First World War, Rudd served in the Royal Field Artillery as 2nd Lieutenant and was awarded the 1914-1915 Star after fighting in France. According to the Glasgow Academy Roll of Honour, Rudd also served in the 17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry, was wounded in 1916, and went onto serve in Egypt and then Belgium as a Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps. After the war, Rudd worked as an illustrator and was assistant curator at Kelvingrove Art Gallery. One of the books he illustrated was "The East of Arran" by A. Boyd Scott. He was elected Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries on Monday 11th May 1925. According to the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture, Rudd exhibited his works several times between 1928 and 1931, served in the Royal Flying Corps again in the Second World War, and was curator of Glasgow Corporation before retiring in 1951. Rudd married Gertrude Isobel Chapman and died in Glasgow in 1963. He is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; Glasgow Academy Roll of Honour: http://www.digital.nls.uk/rolls-of-honour; "Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture" by Peter J M McEwan. Some additional information provided by a private researcher.