Lieutenant Norman Martin BRUCE
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Lieutenant Norman Martin BRUCE

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Lieutenant Norman Martin BRUCE

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Lieutenant Norman Martin BRUCE

6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.
Son of John and Florence Emma Bruce, of Hill Crest, Whitby, Yorks. Educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford, and just about to be called to the Bar.
Died 7 August 1915. Aged 25.
Commemorated Panel 55 to 58, HELLES MEMORIAL

Lieutenant Bruce is commemorated by a memorial window in St. Mary's Church, Whitby (in addition to being commemorated on the Town Memorial in the same church). Rachel Farrand, <farrand.rachel@btinternet.com>, has very kindly provided a photo of this window. A larger sized image can be viewed by selecting the thumbnail, below.

Lieutenant Norman Martin BRUCE
(Copyright of the above image remains with Rachel Farrand)

Lieutenant Bruce was educated at Winchester College. The following information on Lieutenant Bruce appears on the Winchester College website, winchestercollegeatwar. Suzanne Foster, the College Archivist, has kindly allowed us to use this information. The photo on the left is also provided by kind permission of winchestercollegeatwar website.

"Norman Martin Bruce was the son of John Bruce and Florence Emma Bruce of Whitby. His grandfather was Dr John Bruce, an antiquarian who worked extensively at Hadrian’s Wall. Before coming to Sunnyside (Turner’s) he was with Mr. A.H. Raikes at Windermere. He went to Christ Church, Oxford in 1908 and distinguished himself as an oarsman: he had been in School IV at Winchester. He rowed in his College VIII in 1909 (when it was head of the river) and in Trials in 1911-1912, and won the University Sculls both years. He subsequently rowed for the Diamonds at Henley and in 1912 stroked the Christ Church IV to victory for the Visitors’ Cup.

On leaving Oxford he studied for the Bar and was waiting to be called when war broke out. He obtained a commission in the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment and in the early summer of 1915 left England for Gallipoli. He was killed on August 7th of the same year on the heights above Suvla Bay. He had brought his men ashore successfully and it was while they were driving the enemy back to Lala Baba Hill that he fell."

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