George Hamilton Bruce
† Bruce, Sergeant George Hamilton no. 1902
15th Battalion Belmore.
Fitter and Turner.
Married Lillian G. Leach 1903.
Born at Alexandria, son of George and Annie Bruce.
Lived in Belmore.
Served with the Scottish Rifle Brigade.
Enlisted Belmore 16/1/1915.
Killed in Action 8/8/1915, aged 35, near Hill 60.
Memorial, Lone Pine, Panel 44.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1757084/ [accessed 12/08/2016].
AWM File IDRL 428 Letters to Red Cross re Australian servicemen:
Sergeant T.G. Anderson no. 1301 B Company 15th AIF, O/S Base, Giza, Cairo 9/3/1916:
I knew men in the 15th Battalion by the names of Bailey, Bruce, Dewar and Millar. They were in B Company. I know they took part in a charge which we made at a place called Hill 60 on 8/8/1915. The casualties were very heavy. I have not seen them since and they have not returned to the Battalion.
Private J.C. Hackett no.2145 B Company, 18th General, Etaples:
He was shot half way up Sari Bair at 7.30 in the morning of Sunday August 15th. He was a few yards away from me. I saw him hit and fall. I do not know if he got away or not. I knew him very well. He used to have charge of the water transport in Reserve Gully. I have not seen the missing list before. He was a tall thin dark fellow. One side of his face was scarred and drawn. He belonged to the 5th Reinforcements of the 15th Battalion, and was a Sergeant.
Lance Corporal G.H. Turner no.2025 D Company 9th Battalion, 18th General, Etaples, 25/9/1916:
Private W. Woodbridge A Company 15th Battalion told me that he and his brother were with Bruce when he was killed on the morning of August 8th at Sari Bair.
Information to Australian War Memorial from Master William C.H. Bruce, son, 14 Ronsen Street, Rozelle (Born 1904).
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002