Robert Vernon Bruce (c.1890-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BRUCE, ROBERT VERNON. Sergeant. No 235225. 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of Robert and Elinor Bruce, 102 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth. Attended Holmfirth Parish Church. Employed in the office of Messrs Farrar and Company, Thirstin Dyeworks, Honley. Killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Arras. He was a member of a British attacking party who had cleared four lines of German trenches and had also cleared the enemy out of the village beyond when, according to information, Sergeant Bruce saw a British soldier lying wounded in an exposed position. In order to bandage the poor fellow who was lying in distress he crept out into the open but a German bullet killed him instantly. Killed in action, 9.4.1917, aged 26 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Holmfirth War Memorial.
Brother of Private NORMAN VICTOR BRUCE, killed in action, 27.3.1918.

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