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Regimental number21
Place of birthOxton, Scotland
SchoolKegworth State School, Leichardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Age on arrival in Australia5
AddressPelaw Main, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinWife, Mrs Louisa Gertrude Lilian Bruce, Pelaw Main, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as a Bugler in the 4th Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name34th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAt time of death held the rank of Lieutenant.
FateKilled in Action 17 July 1918
Place of death or woundingSailly-le-Sec, Somme Sector, France
Age at death46
Age at death from cemetery records40
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row C, Grave No. 8), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Ann BRUCE; husband of L.G.L. BRUCE, Neath Street, Pelaw Main, New South Wales. Born at Oxton, Scotland

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. When the centre of his company was held up by an enemy machine gun strong point he assisted an officer to organize a party, which rushed the strong point and captured four machine guns and thirty five men. After the battalion captured its objective he assisted an officer to organize a party to attack another machine gun emplacement, and, though the officer was killed, he captured the post, two machine guns, and thirty of the enemy. When all officers of the battalion had become casualties he organized the battalion and dug a new line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack of the enemy. He led his platoon with great dash, rushing an advanced enemy machine gun position and killing the crew, and capturing the gun. Later, he rushed a trench, taking ten prisoners, killing the remainder and capturing two more machine guns. And again, later, seeing a party of the enemy moving round his flank, he organized and led a party and wiped them out. He set a magnificent example of courage and coolness, and his services were eminently valuable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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