Bruce, The Hon. Henry Lyndhurst

He was the son and heir of Lord Aberdare, and one of three Wykehamist brothers. He came to Winchester from Rev. W.H. Churchill’s school at Reigate, and went up to New College, Oxford, in 1899.

He served for many years in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion Hampshire Regiment and subsequently in the Royal Scots and in 1913 and 1914 spent several months at the Royal Scots regimental depot training recruits and instructing in musketry.

Soon after the outbreak of war he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, joining them in France on October 7th.  Over the next two months the battalion was heavily engaged on the northern section of the British front, where the Germans had concentrated their strength. For a great part of the time he was acting as second-in-command.

He was killed on December 14th 1914 near Wyteschaete, while leading an attack on the enemy lines across very difficult ground. The first line of trenches had been taken and as he was climbing out of the captured position to lead the assault on the second line he fell, shot through the head. The operation subsequently earned the battalion the thanks of the Commander in Chief and the Army Commander. His name appeared in Lord French’s Despatch of January 31st, 1915.

Bruce’s place of burial is unknown but he is¬†commemorated on panel 11 of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

Captain Bruce married in 1906 Miss Camille Clifford, the original Gibson girl – actress and singer and Edwardian pin-up. A daughter was born in 1909 who only lived five days.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bruce
  • Forenames or initials: The Hon. Henry Lyndhurst
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1894-1899
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Scots
  • Date of Birth: 25th May 1881
  • Date of Death: 14th December 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial