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Arthur Frederick BRUCE

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Surname: BRUCE

Forename(s): Arthur Frederick

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 43650

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 12th (Service) Battalion

Division: 3rd Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1917-03-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. K. 9.

CWGC Cemetery: FAUBOURG D’AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Arthur Frederick Bruce was the son of Arthur Frederick and Ellen Bruce, née Jolly, daughter of Richard and Mary Ann Jolly. Arthur senior was born at Colchester, Essex and Ellen at Skipton, Yorkshire.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 20, Lambert Street - Arthur F. Bruce, aged 6 years, born Skipton, son of Arthur F. and Ellen Bruce.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 81, Castle Street - Arthur Frederick Bruce, aged 16 years, born Skipton, son of Arthur Frederick and Ellen Bruce.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Arthur Bruce, 43650, West Yorkshire Regiment.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BRUCE, Arthur, aged 22, West Riding Regt., son of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Bruce, 3, Ermysted Street, [Skipton], killed in action, Mar. 25, 1917.

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Private Arthur Frederick BRUCE

Private Arthur Frederick BRUCE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

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Surname: BRUCE

Forename(s): Arthur

Born: Skipton, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton

Number: 43650

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 12th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 25/03/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 27483, Yorkshire Regt.

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Surname: BRUCE

Forename(s): Arthur Frederick

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 43650

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 'A' Coy 12th Battalion

Age: 23

Awards:

Died Date: 1917-03-25

Additional Information: Son of Arthur Frederick and Ellen Bruce, of 23, Ermystead St., Skipton.

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27 April 1917

BRUCE - March 25th 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Pte. Arthur Bruce, West Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Frederick Bruce, 3, Ermysted Street, Skipton, aged 22 years.

27 April 1917

SKIPTON'S ROLL OF HONOUR - PRIVATE ARTHUR BRUCE

The name of Private Arthur Bruce, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Frederick Bruce, of 3, Ermysted Street, Skipton, has also to be added to Skipton's Roll of Honour, official news of his death in action on March 25th having been received this week from the Infantry Records Office, York. A letter from an Army Chaplain indicated that he was killed by shellfire whilst on duty in the trenches, and was afterwards buried in the Military cemetery. Of a quiet and unassuming nature, deceased was a young man of sterling character, and the Army Chaplain, Second-Lieut. A. Dixon, and Lance-Corpl. T. Coats all pay splendid tributes to his memory in their letters, and state that he died as a brave man doing his duty. Lance-Corpl. Coats also says:- "I think I can safely say that Arthur was respected by every member of our Platoon, particularly by Sergeant Lunn, the Platoon sergeant, who, I can assure you, thought as much about him as if he were his own boy."

Lieut. Dixon mentions that deceased was in company with others, acting as a covering party, when he was struck by a shell and killed instantaneously, and added:- "He was a most conscientious worker, always cheerful, and was beloved by all the men, and I feel that I have lost one of my best men. The news will come as a great shock to you but you have the satisfaction of knowing that your son died one of the noblest of deaths."

Pte. Bruce was 22 years of age, and in civil life was a grocer's assistant in a shop at Keighley belonging to the firm of Messrs. Carr Ltd., Skipton. He was associated with the Skipton Baptist Church. He had been in the Army about 18 months and at the Front about ten months In his letter lance-Corporal Coats also mentions that deceased first went into the trenches on August 17th last year, and that he had returned to this duty several times since.

26 October 1917

IN MEMORIUM - BROUGHAM STREET SCHOOL HEROES

At the Congregational Church, Skipton, on Tuesday evening, an impressive musical service was held in memory of the teachers and old scholars of the Brougham Street Council School who have fallen in the first three years of the war. Particulars of the deaths of these brave lads have appeared in our columns from time to time, and their names are as follows:- Willie Barraclough, C.D. Bennett (teacher), Arthur Bruce, Sam Cairns, Cyril Calvert, Ennie Clarke, Tom Clarke, Harry Ingham, Tom Langman, Reggie Pollard, Lewis Sedgwick, Joe Stewart, Harry Tindall (teacher), and J.W. Varley.

There was a large and sympathetic congregation, including relatives of those in whose honour the service was held. Conducted jointly by the Rev. L.H. Gaunt and Mr. A. Townsend (headmaster of the school), the service, in addition to special prayers, hymns, collects, &c., comprised anthems by the Brougham Street School Old Scholars' Choir (under the direction of Mr. Townsend), solos by Miss D. Wear and Mr. Clifford Townsend, and an address by Mr. Gaunt.

In a few introductory remarks Mr. Townsend explained the object of the service, which he said was one of praise rather than of sorrow for the splendour of the lives that had been laid down. - The anthems were 'O God, protect with Thy strong hand' (Greig), 'Rest for the Weary' (Gounod), 'The Lord is my Shepherd' (Smart), and 'Peace to the Souls of the Heroes' (Callcott), and in all these and in Nicholson's setting of the 'Magnificat' the girls' voices blended with pleasing effect, the singing being marked by a very fine tone and clear enunciation, showing evidence of careful training. Miss D. Wear sang most acceptably the exacting solo 'I know that my Redeemer' (Handel) and Mr. Clifford Townsend gave a meritorious interpretation of 'The trumpet shall sound' (Handel). In addition to playing the organ accompaniments with the customary taste and efficiency, Mr. W.H. Green contributed as a solo the 'Hallelujah Chorus.'

In his address the Rev. L.H. Gaunt expressed his pleasure that the Congregational Church should have been used for a service of that kind and said he would rejoice if it could be used more frequently for public gatherings in which not only comparatively small circle of their own congregation might join, but in which the whole town might feel that it had some part. He also expressed his agreement with what Mr. Townsend had said as to the view they ought to take of the death of their boys, and said he felt that the Bishop of London - despite the fact that he had been taken to task for his expression of opinion - was right when he said that they ought not to think of the death of their boys as sheer calamity and overwhelming sorrow. They ought to think of them as having made a sacrifice bravely and heroically at the call of their country and for humanity, and those who were left behind to cherish their memory would honour them best by thinking of that sacrifice as a victory and not as a disaster; and their remembrance of them should come as a call to follow their example, to live so that they would be worthy of the sacrifice of their loved ones, and to bring to their lives into harmony with the great high note that they had struck in their sacrifice. They thanked God for what their boys had done and suffered, and most of all for what they had been and were now, and to ask His grace to follow in their train.

A collection was taken on behalf of the proposed new memorial of the Brougham Street School, which will probably take the form of a scholarship fund.

30 November 1917

SKIPTON BAPTISTS' MEMORIAL TO SOLDIERS

On Tuesday afternoon a three days' sale of work was commenced in the Baptist School, Otley Street, Skipton, in aid of the Soldiers' Memorial Extension Fund, by means of which it is intended to extend the premises in memory of the young men associated with the place who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the war. Seventy young men belonging to the church and school are at present serving with the Colours, of whom two, H. Maudsley (deacon and Sunday School superintendent) and H. Birch have been missing since May 3rd and August 17th respectively, while the following have given their lives in the great cause:- S. Bishop, J. McIntyre, J. Duckworth, G.A. Wilson, H. Greenwood, D. Collins, B. Peel (Sunday School secretary), H. Scott, A. Bruce, J. Metcalfe, A. Gill, W. Barraclough, E. Platt and W. Ireland...

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27 April 1917

BRUCE - Killed in action in France, March 25th, Pte. Arthur Bruce, of the West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Bruce, of 3, Ermysted Street, Skipton, aged 22.

27 April 1917

SKIPTON SOLDIERS KILLED

Private Arthur Bruce, of the West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Bruce, of 3, Ermystead Street, Skipton, was killed in action on March 25th. Private Bruce, who was 22 years of age, enlisted about eighteen months ago, and had been in France ten months. He was formerly employed by Mr. Carr, grocer, of Skipton, at one of his branch shops in Keighley, and was an old scholar at the Brougham Street Council School.

An Army Chaplain in a letter to the deceased soldier's parents states:- "Your son was killed by shell fire while on duty in the trenches. He has been buried in the military cemetery. Your son was esteemed and respected by all who knew him, and I write to assure you of their sympathy and of my own. He died as a brave man doing his duty.

A letter received from Lance-Corporal T. Coats contains the following:- "I think I can safely say that Arthur was respected by every member of our platoon, particularly by Sergeant Lunn (platoon sergeant), who thought as much about him as if he were his own boy. He went into the trenches on August 17th, 1916, but of course has been in the trenches several times since."

Second-Lieutenant A. Dixon, the officer in command of the platoon in which Private Bruce served, also writes:- "It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of your son's death on the night of March 25th. He with others was acting as a covering party, when he was struck by a shell and killed instantaneously. He suffered no pain. He was a most conscientious worker, always cheerful, and beloved by the men, and I feel I have lost one of my best men. This news will come as a great shock to you, but you have the consolation in knowing that your son died the noblest of deaths. I join you in your deep sorrow."

26 October 1917

SKIPTON

IN MEMORIAM SERVICE FOR THE FALLEN

An in memoriam musical service was held at the Congregational Church, Skipton, on Tuesday evening last in memory of the teachers and old scholars of the Brougham Street Council School, who have made the supreme sacrifice in the first three years of the war. Their names are as follows:- Willie Barraclough, C. D. Bennett (teacher), Arthur Bruce, Sam Cairns, Cyril Calvert, Ennie Clarke, Tom Clarke, Harry Ingham, Tom Langman, Reggie Pollard, Lewis Sedgwick, Joe Stewart, Harry Tindall (teacher), and J.W. Varley. Mr. A. Townsend, in explaining the objects of the service, said he hoped it would not be of a sorrowful character, but that they were gathered together to honour all the men that had laid down their lives.

Rev. L. F. Gaunt, in the course of a brief address, said that he fully concurred with the statement made at the opening of the service that their predominant thought should be one of trust and thanksgiving for those who had made the supreme sacrifice. They were not to think of those young lives as having been thrown away and lost. No true life would ever be lost, for it was a gift of God, and anything that came from Him could never really die. Standing one day this summer he had watched the field of daisies rippling in the wind, and had rejoined in their beauty, but even as he stood there a mowing machine had come and cut down all the flowers. It seemed a waste of life and beauty, but he remembered that the roots were still there and that the flowers would grow all the fairer and the stronger next year. So it was with those whom we described as having been cut down in their youth. The roots of life had not perished, but would bear flowers and fruit again. Our loved ones, who had passed away, could still be helped by our love and by our prayers. It was for those who remained to prove themselves worthy of the sacrifices that had been made so that at the end they might meet again without shame.

During the evening the following programme was gone through by the members of the Brougham Street Old Scholars' Choir: Anthem, 'O God protect with Thy strong hand' (Grier); sentences and collects; anthem, 'Rest for the weary' (Gounod); hymn, 'For all the Saints'; lesson; magnificat (S. Nicholson); hymn, 'God of our fathers'; solo, 'The trumpet shall sound' (Handel), Clifford Townsend; 'Hallelujah chorus,' organ; solo, 'I know that my Redeemer' (Handel), D. Wear; anthem, 'The Lord is my shepherd' (Smart); hymn, 'Was there ever kindest shepherd'; anthem, 'Peace to the souls of the heroes' (Callcott); hymn, 'The day Thou gavest.' During the evening a collection was taken, the proceeds of which are to be devoted to the proposed school memorial.

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