Bernard Cornelius BUGG


BUGG, Bernard Cornelius

Service Number: 4749
Enlisted: 16 December 1915, Claremont, Tasmania
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Somerset, Tasmania, 2 February 1891
Home Town: Somerset, Waratah/Wynyard, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Killed In Action, Pozières, France, 19 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Yolla Honour Roll, Yolla Honour Roll Tablet
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World War 1 Service

16 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4749, Claremont, Tasmania
18 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4749, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4749, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
19 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4749, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Memorial Service

Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954)
Tue 3 Oct 1916
Page 3
Tasmanian Casualties.
There was a large congregation at the Roman Catholic Church at Wynyard at the 11 o'clock mass on Sunday, when a memorial service was held for several young men of the parish, who had recently died on active service, Tlhese were Privates Leo Berechree, Bernard Bugg, Henry Carroll, and Arthur Shields, killed in action in France, and Private James Madden, who died of meningitis. Father O'Donnell, in tlhe course of an impressive address, said that they commended the souls of the deceased soldiers to the prayers of the faithful. They offered their deepest sympathy to the relatives of the fallen' men. They had the consolation of knowing that their boys had died in a noble cause, and had proved themselves true. to their native land and to their own manhood. They had also given evidence of true Christian virtue, as their letters showed that they had all been most attentive to their religious duties. What was a few years of life compared to a death such as this? Their memories would remain green amongst those who had known them. May they rest in peace! The service concluded with the hymn, "Nearer. My God, to Thee," and "The Dead March,!' played by the organist (Miss L. Porter).


Sad News from France

The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919)
Tue 24 Oct 1916
Page 2
Writing to an Elliott resident Major L. M. Mullen mentions that Private Bernard Bugg was killed in the fight in which they took part previous to writing on Sept. 2. He says: 'Both he and Percy were in it, and both are splendid boys. If you see any of the Bugg family you can say that he died fighting splendidly. I only wish we had a few more like them ; we seem to get all our best men killed.'


Yeoman Football Team

Bern, along with his brothers Mick, Abb and Perc, played football with the Yeoman Football Team from at least 1906, and he was still playing with them in 1913 along with his brothers Perc and Fred. The team won the Premiership in 1906, and a photo of Jonathan Bugg (his father) and the team can be found in a book about the Elliott area by Ray W. Harnett, "History & Recollections of Elliott & Village Lane, 1859 - 1983", opposite page 70. A photo of the 1913 team can also be found on the same page, and it notes that sixteen of the players/trainers had enlisted in the 1914-18 war (including Bern and Perc), and eight were killed (including Bern).

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Bernards birth was registered as Cornelius BUGG on 2nd February, 1891 at Emu Bay, Tasmania

His parents were Jonathan BUGG and Ellen CARTY - he was one of 12 children

His brother Robert Percy BUGG (Military Medal)  (SN 4760) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1917