DEATH OF A RETURNED SOLDIER.
Like many who have gone before him, Walter Bruce, a single man, aged thirty-three years, spared from death at the front, has passed away after his return to Australia. The primary cause was a wound in the abdomen, and it was his intention, it appears, to go to Melbourne to undergo an operation; but he broke down on Friday at the Styx River, where
he was employed as a carpenter, and was
brought part of the way to Rockhampton, when he was met by the ambulance bearers in a motor car and taken to the General Hospital, which was readied at four o'clock on Saturday morning, the roads being in a particularly untrafficable order after the recent continuous rain. By judicious driving, however, Bruce was saved the least discomfort possible under the circumstances. The complaint had apparently reached an acute stage, and Bruce passed away Saturday afternoon. The funeral took place yesterday
afternoon, the cortege being followed by a number of returned men and the Municipal Brass Band, which, after the service at the grave, played "Abide with Me" and " Lead kindly light." The " Last Post" was sounded by Mr. Harlinge, a member of the band, who is
also a returned soldier, and three volleys were fired over the grave, Major J. Hill leading the firing party. Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary : http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/53866088