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Colin Bryce

Photograph of the Otago Battalion Officers on the Western Front in France, May 1917, before the battle of Messines. Unknown provenance. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-PR-179. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Photograph of the Otago Battalion Officers on the Western Front in France, May 1917, before the batt …

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    Colin AWMM
  • Surname
    Bryce AWMM
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    WWI 22664 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    Mrs J.E. Bryce (wife), Stirling, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 20 August 1916 AWMM Married AWMM


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    Army AWMM
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    WWI 22664 AWMM
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    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Son of James and Margaret Bryce

    Captain Bryce was commanding 10th Company in the attack on Polderhoek Chateau on 3 December when he was severely wounded. While making his way back from the firing line he was killed. The engagement was

    Operation Orders for the attack on Polderhoek Chateau and grounds were issued on 1 December 1917.The assault was to take place on 3 December with two battalions of the 2nd Infantry Brigade in line, namely the 1st Battalion of Otago and the 1st Battalion of Canterbury. In addition to the artillery barrage which was to support the attack arrangements were made for the operation to be covered by a barrage of machine gun fire, by trench mortars and by a discharge of gas by 4in. Stokes mortars. The attack was not a success and a fatal miscalculation caused the two leading Companies (4th and 10th) to be caught in the destructive fire of their own artillery.Severe losses were incurred. See A.E. Byrne The Official History of the Otago Regiment in the Great War, p. 232ff. and David FergusonThe History of the Canterbury Regiment, NZEF 1914-1919, p. 212ff.There is a good map on p. 216/7 of this book. AWMM
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About death

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    3 December 1917 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
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    Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM VIA H I AWMM
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