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Walter Bruce


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  • Forenames
    Walter AWMM
  • Surname
    Bruce AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 40 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    DunedinOtago Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 25 August 1914 AWMM Greensborough, Melbourne, Victoria AWMM
    • Enlisted Enoggera, Queensland Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - ADFA Database
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs T H Davey, Greensborough, Melbourne, Victoria AWMM
    • Relationship unknown Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - ADFA Database
    • Pension claim later rejected as was a request for medals as she "could not be regarded as a foster mother" Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - NAA :
  • Relationship status
    Pre 25 August 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 40 AWMM
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  • Capture details
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Bruce served at Gallipoli until September, 1915 before being returned to Alexandria suffering from a minor bullet wound to a hand and with enteric fever.

    He was transferred to France in June, 1916 but in September was again hospitalized with enteric and later underwent an operation to remove a intestinal obstruction.

    His condition does not appear to have improved and he embarked for return to Australia in July, 1917. He appears to have been treated at the Base Hospital in St. Kilda Road, Melbourne before requesting private treatment and relinquishing any further claim against the A.I.F.

    Other than a record of his discharge on 4 January, 1918 and a subsequent granting of a pension of £3 per fortnight, nothing is known of Bruce until his death in Queensland on 3 May, 1919 at 35 years of age. Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - NAA :
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    17 May, 1919 Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary :
  • Age at death
    35 Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary :
  • Place of death
    Rockhampton General Hospital, Queensland Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary :
  • Cause of death
    Abdominal, but not classified as due to war service Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary :
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Noted Military Funeral, presumed Rockhampton Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary :
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  • Obituary

    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 :
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    AIF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM


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27 May 2016BrianMelbourne, AstraliaResearcher

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