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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 : http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3132774
Date of death
17 May, 1919 Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary : http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/53866088
Age at death
35 Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary : http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/53866088
Place of death
Rockhampton General Hospital, Queensland Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary : http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/53866088
Cause of death
Abdominal, but not classified as due to war service Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary : http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/53866088
Noted Military Funeral, presumed Rockhampton Public - Brian - Researcher - 27 May 2016 - Obituary : http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/53866088
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
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