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Walter Douglas BRUCE

Regimental number1668
Place of birthPort Fairy, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 9.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinBrother, William Henry Bruce, c/o Bruce & McClure, Warrnambool, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 15 March 1915 - 21st Bn, 2nd Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 60th Bn, 20 April 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death42
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Tower Hill Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Andrew (d. 26 August 1890, aged 59; bu. Tower Hill) and Nancy (d. 17 June 1892, aged 60; bu. Tower Hill) BRUCE
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Admitted to No 13 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 15 September 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 19 September 1915 (gastro-enteritis); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, 24 September 1915; ro A&NZ Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 4 October 1915.

Found guilty, 5 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 5 am to 3 pm, 5 March 1916: awarded 2 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on Red Cross File No 591204: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-1919.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRUCE Walter Douglas
Red Cross File No 591204

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