Stanley Bruce TRIGG

TRIGG, Stanley Bruce

Service Number: SX5622
Enlisted: 18 June 1940, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps WW1
Born: Burra, SA, 12 July 1918
Home Town: Renmark, Renmark Paringa, South Australia
Schooling: Renmark High School
Occupation: Minister of Religion
Died: Heart Attack, Adelaide, South Australia, 1 November 1986, aged 68 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Renmark District Roll of Honour WW2, South Australian Garden of Remembrance
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World War 2 Service

18 Jun 1940: Involvement Lieutenant, SN SX5622
18 Jun 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
18 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN SX5622
27 Sep 1944: Discharged Australian Army (Post WW2), Lieutenant, Australian Army Medical Corps WW1, AAMC (Scientific)
27 Sep 1944: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN SX5622
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by VWM Australia

After Armistice Day

Claire Brooks, Publicity Officer

Yankalilla & District Historical Society Inc 

Armistice Day evokes memories to many. One of mine is the story told to me by the late Rev S Bruce Trigg. Bruce will be recalled by many of the members of the Uniting Church here as he was our Minster for some time. 

During World War II Bruce Trigg was a Commando in the Australian Forces serving in the middle east.  He was severely wounded in an engagement in the Tobruk sector and was evacuated to a naval vessel along with many other casualties.

Several of the wounded were lying on the deck on stretchers. Bruce was approached by a Roman Catholic padre who knelt beside him and said, “I know you aren’t of my faith lad, but would you like me to administer the Last Rites to you”? Bruce considered for a few seconds and replied, “You know Father, I think I would like that”. The padre administered the Last Rites but in some mysterious way, Bruce recovered and returned to Australia and became a Minister in the Methodist (now Uniting) Church.

Bruce Trigg thought he may have been one of the few, if not only, serving Minister of the Uniting Church to have received the Last Rites of the Catholic Church. 

Yes, Bruce, the Lord had many years of service in view for you in His Ministry. This is surely an example of one God for all people, even though we may sometimes see things differently. Even out of the horror and pain of war may come peace, kindness and salvation.

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