John Ernest Alexander BRUCE

BRUCE, John Ernest Alexander

Service Numbers: 806, 1011
Enlisted: 11 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia, 3 July 1886
Home Town: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Schooling: Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, Albert, France, 25 February 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wagga Wagga Cenotaph, Wagga Wagga Victory Memorial Arch, Wanganella & District War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 806, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, Sydney, New South Wales
19 Aug 1914: Involvement Private, 806, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps
19 Aug 1914: Embarked Private, 806, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
19 Aug 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 806, 1st Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
30 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1011, 24th Infantry Battalion, Sydney, New South Wales
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1011, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1011, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1011, 24th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
25 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 1011, 24th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography

"...1011 Corporal John Ernest Alexander Bruce, 24th Battalion. A carpenter from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales prior to enlistment in the Australian Naval and Military Expedition Force (AN&MEF) on 11 August 1914 he embarked from Sydney on 19 August 1914 on HMAT Berrima for New Guinea returning to Australia on 18 January 1915 at the expiration of enlistment. He then enlisted as a Private in the 24th Battalion on 30 April 1915 and embarked from Melbourne on 10 May 1915 aboard HMAT Euripides for Gallipoli until the Battalion was withdrawn to Alexandria. The 24th Battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during March 1916. Pte Bruce was appointed Lance Corporal in September 1916 and promoted to Temporary Corporal in October 1916. Cpl Bruce was killed in action near Albert, France, on 25 February 1917. He was aged 31 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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