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[Indian Army] Lieutenant William MCCRAE BRUCE

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Medal entitlement of:
Lieutenant William MCCRAE BRUCE
59th Scinde Rifles, Indian Army

* Victoria Cross
* 1914 Star - clasp "5th Aug-22nd Nov 1914"
* British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
* Victory Medal ( 1914-19 )

Lieut William Arthur McRae Bruce

Birth: Jun. 15, 1890
Death: Dec. 19, 1914

Scottish WWI recipient of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdomís highest award for valor. Lieutenant, 59th Scinde Rifles (Frontier Force), Indian Army. Native of Edinburgh. Educated at Victoria College, Isle of Jersey, and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. Bruce was awarded his V.C. for action during the Battle of Givenchy, France, December 19, 1914. From his citation: "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On the 19th December, 1914, near Givenchy, during a night attack, Lt. Bruce was in command of a small party which captured one of the enemy's trenches. In spite of being severely wounded in the neck, he walked up and down the trench, encouraging his men to hold on against several counter-attacks for some hours until killed. The fire from rifles and bombs was very heavy all day, and it was due to the skilful disposition made, and the example and encouragement shown by Lt. Bruce that his men were able to hold out until dusk, when the trench was finally captured by the enemy." Bruceís remains were not recovered. His V.C. medal is in the possession of Victoria College, Jersey. (bio by: Paul F. Wilson)

Plaque in Bruce's memory in St. Clement's Church, Jersey, Channel Islands.

© Added by: Paul F. Wilson

Neuve-Chapelle Memorial
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot: Panel 25 (No Known Grave)

Record added: Nov 18 2004
By: Paul F. Wilson

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