World War I

Initials: V E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Leading Seaman
Regiment: Royal Navy
Unit Text: (RFR/CH/B/4590) Hood Bn. R.N. Div
Date of Death: 06/05/1915
Service No: 288685
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 1 and 2.
BRUCE, Leading Seaman and Acting Stoker 1st Class Victor Ernest No. CH/288685 (RFR/CH/B/4590) R.N. “A” Company, Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division
Born May 2, 1879, in Croydon, Surrey, a son of Mary Bruce, windower, of (in 1881) 22, Albion Street, Croydon. Husband of Edith Bruce of 34, Royal Oak Road, Woking, Surrey. Father of Master A.D. Bruce.
In civil life he was first employed as a shop assistant, but on the outbreak of war he was employed at the Woking Post Office. On May 16, 1898, he enlisted in the Royal Navy for 12 years and on June 15, 1907, he enrolled in the Royal Fleet Reserve (he reenrolled on October 21, 1911, to serve until June 14, 1917).
At the time of his enlistment he was described as being 5’ 4” tall with brown hair, grey eyes and fresh complexion. On January 9, 1899, he was promoted to stoker 2nd class and on June 26, 1899, he was promoted to stoker 1st class.
In August 1914 he was mobilized from the Royal Fleet Reserve and was joined “A” Company, Hood Battalion, on September 17. In October 1914 he served at the siege of Antwerp (entitled to the 1914 Star instead of the 1914-15 Star).
Killed in action on May 6, 1915, aged 36 years. Name commemorated on the Helles Memorial, and the Ingatestone and Fryerning War Memorial, Essex.
Data from Patrick Gariepy Eugene, Oregon, USA
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