Bruce, Norman Martin


He 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.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bruce
  • Forenames or initials: Norman Martin
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1903-1908
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 10th April 1890
  • Date of Death: 7th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL Panel 55 to 58.