Sergeant Alexander Hamilton Bruce, 5th Pioneer Bn, Australian Imperial Force

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Sergeant Alexander Hamilton Bruce 3006, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (previously 10th Reinforcement, 7th Battalion)

Alexander Hamilton Bruce was born in Guildtown on 6th July 1882.  His parents, James and Mary Bruce, married in Forteviot in 1877 and had nine children. The family lived in Guildtown and later in Abbey Road, Scone.  Alexander was educated at Guildtown  School.  On leaving school he served his time as a plumber in his father’s building business.  In 1910 he went to Australia, where he set up a business for himself as a builder.  In July 1915 he enlisted in the Australian Forces and served first in Egypt, enduring all the vigour’s of the Eastern Front, but was later transferred to the Western Front.  Sergeant Alexander Hamilton Bruce was killed in action near Longureval on 15th November 1916 and is buried in Longueval  Military Cemetery.  He was 34 years old.  He was awarded posthumously the 14-15 Star, Victory and British War medals.  Alexander’s father received the Australian document “Where the Australians Rest”.


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