Randolph Roy Bruce

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Randolph Roy Bruce
Born1 December 1897
Magill, Adelaide, South Australia
Died29 December 1957
Brighton, Adelaide, South Australia
AllegianceAustralia Australia
Service/branchArtillery Australian Army
Years of service1916–1918
Unit27th Infantry Battalion, AIF
Battles/warsFirst World War
  • Western Front
AwardsMilitary Medal

Randolph Roy Bruce, MM (1 December 1897 – 29 December 1957) was an Australian recipient of the Military Medal during the First World War.

Early life[edit]

Bruce was born in Adelaide, South Australia to CJP and Anna Bruce and attended Norwood High School before becoming a clerk in the South Australian Railways.

First World War[edit]


Enlisting on his 18th birthday as part of the 10th reinforcement of the Adelaide-based 27th Battalion (Australia),[1] he embarked for overseas duty on the HMAT "Mongolia" from Adelaide on 9 March 1916,[2] arriving in France on 25 June. At first mustered Gunner in the 5th Divisional Armoured Column, he was transferred to 5th Division Artillery HQ and assigned clerical duties in the field. In November 1917 he was mustered Driver and in August 1918 rejoined his unit as a Gunner.

Military Medal[edit]

During the attack on Bullecourt in the Battle of Arras, Bruce took an ammunition dray in front of enemy lines to an isolated pocket of Australian soldiers,[3] a deed for which he was awarded the Military Medal (gazetted 15 September 1919).[4]

Later life[edit]

His mother died in the Spanish influenza epidemic when Bruce was in transit back to Australia. He returned to his work at the railways, moved to seaside Brighton for a lung complaint contracted in the war, and died there in 1957 after having risen to the role of Chief Paymaster at the SAR.


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  2. "First World War Embarkation Rolls - Randolph Roy Bruce". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 2014-07-06.
  3. "Honours and Awards - Randolph Roy Bruce". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 2014-07-06. Recommendation: Military Medal (Includes image of actual commendation recommendation.)
  4. "Honours and Awards - Randolph Roy Bruce". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 2014-07-06. Award: Military Medal

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