Bruce, John Fryer


He was the only child of Michael Bruce (D, 1880-1883), of Caterham and Gertrude Maud Bruce, but he lost both his parents at sea in February 1910 when the French liner, “General Chanzy”, on which they were travelling with Cook’s Tours sank off Minorca.

Bruce then came under the care of his uncle and aunt, Dr and Mrs Cathcart Bruce, who referred to him as their “dearly beloved nephew-son”. He entered Sunnyside (Turner’s) from Wellesley House, Broadstairs. At school he developed a marked talent for music: he often played piano solos at recitals and used occasionally during the holidays to play the organ at the Savoy Chapel. He also rowed bow in School IV.

He passed straight from Winchester to Sandhurst, and was gazetted in October 1917 to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He fell dangerously wounded on February 26th 1918 – his first day in the trenches – while leading his platoon into their position in the front line, and died at Poperinghe two days later. He was buried in the Nine Elms Military Cemetery there.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bruce
  • Forenames or initials: John Fryer
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1911-1916
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 5th October 1898
  • Date of Death: 28th February 1918
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, XIII. A. 9.