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William BRUCE

Regimental number2603
Place of birthDerry, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStockman
AddressBrisbane GPO, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation45
Height5' 10"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Bruce, Co Derry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 October 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 June 1916
Discharge date20 September 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 19 October 1915; allotted to and proceeded to join the 9th Bn, Zeitoun, Egypt, 27 February 1916; joined 9th Bn, Habeita, 28 February 1916; taken on strength of 1st Pioneer Bn from 9th Bn, Serapeum, 11 March 1916.

Embarked, Alexandria, to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 2 April 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance (asthma), 15 April 1916; transferred to No 12 Divisional Rest Station, 17 April 1916; to 17th Ambulance Train, 7 May 1916; to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, France, 7 May 1916; to England, 14 May 1916; admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England, 25 May 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HS 'Euripides' for Home Service, 24 June 1916; disembarked, Melbourne, 5 August 1916; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 20 September 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRUCE William

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