Neuve Chapelle Memorial
Only son of Colonel Andrew McCrae and Margaret Hay
Bruce of Roche d'Or, Samares, Jersey
Killed in action at Givenchy, aged 24 years
Plaque in St Clement's Church, Jersey
Educated at Victoria College, Jersey
Family memorial in St Clement's Church, Jersey
St Clement's Parish Memorial, Jersey
and on the OV Memorial, Jersey
Arthur McCrea Bruce, the son of Colonel and and Mrs A McCrea of La Fontaine, St
Clement, Jersey entered Victoria College in September 1904. In 1908 he attended
Sandhurst where he was a King's India Cadet. Following his passing out in 1909
he travelled to India where he had to serve for twelve months in a British regiment
before taking up his Indian Army commission. He was attached to the Northumberland
Fusiliers while he learnt Urdu and was educated in the customs and traditions
of India. In 1911 he was posted to the 59th Scinde Rifles where he served on the
North West Frontier.
When war broke out
in 1914 he was on leave in Jersey. His regiment was ordered to France and he rejoined
them in Cairo en route for the Western Front.
Victoria Cross was not awarded until nearly five years after Bruce was killed
in action, as it was not until returning PoWs had been interrogated that the full
facts of his action came to light.
NEWS ITEM in Jersey
Evening Post of Wednesday 23 December 1914
Killed in Action. We regret
to announce that news has been received of the death
in action near La Bassee on 20 December of Lieutenant
W A Macrae Bruce of the Indian Army. The deceased was
the only son of Colonel & Mrs Macrae Bruce of Roche
d'Or, Samares, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
War Graves Commission Record