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Alexander Havelock BRUCE

Regimental number3600
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCompositor
Addressc/o E S Wigg and Son Ltd., Hay Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 6.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Vera Iolene Bruce, 200 Lake Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in 'D' Company, Western Australian Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date29 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 August 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 29 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 June 1919
Discharge date7 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Fremantle, 29 June 1917; promoted to Lance Sergeant, at sea, 4 August 1917; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 25 August 1917; marched into 13th Training Bn, Codford, 26 August 1917; reverted to the ranks, 26 August 1917; appointed acting Corporal, 8 September 1917; on command at Brill Course, Jellalabad Barracks, 1 October 1917; proceeding overseas to France via Southampton, 30 January 1918; reverts to the ranks on proceeding overseas, 30 January 1918; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Havre, France, 31 January 1918; proceeded to join unit, 3 February 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station (conjunctivitis), 5 February 1918; to 4th Army Operation Centre, 9 February 1918; still a patient, 2 March 1918; discharged to duty, 10 March 1918; taken on strength of 51st Bn, in the field, 12 March 1918.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance (scabies), 23 July 1918; discharged to duty, 3 August 1918; rejoined unit, 3 August 1918.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance (boils), 21 August 1918; transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 24 August 1918; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 25 August 1918; to England, 13 September 1918; admitted to War Hospital, Chester, England, 14 September 1918; discharged, 4 December 1918, and granted furlough to report to Sutton Veny Command Depot on, 18 December 1918; attached for duty with AQMG, London, 19 December 1918; transferred to Australian Headquarters, London, as a guard, 24 December 1918; attached for duty with Australian Headquarters, 30 December 1918; granted leave, 5 May 1919, to report to Sutton Veny Command Depot; marched into Sutton Veny Command Depot from furlough, 9 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somali', 1 June 1919; disembarked, Fremantle, 8 July 1919; discharged, Perth, 7 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRUCE Alexander Havelock

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