John Bruce

RankAir Mechanic 3rd Class
RegimentRoyal Flying Corps, RD Unit
Military Service

John Bruce attested on 10th December 1915 and was posted to the Army Reserve.  He was mobilized on the 26th November 1917 and posted to the Royal Flying Corps.  He joined the Recruits Depot at Aldershot on the 1st December.


1882 Glasgow

Death7th December 1917
Circumstances of Death

Died at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot

BurialGlasgow Necropolis

Buried on 13 December 1917

CWGC Information

Husband of Annie Bruce, of 66, Kyle St., Glasgow


John Bruce (c1844-) and Margaret Russell (c1843-)

Father's Occupation



Ann (1865-), Catherine (1868-), Grace (1870-)


Annie Murray (born c1882), married 27th June 1902 at Glasgow. Children John b. 1903, Hugh b. 1905, Helen b 1908, James b 1910


Not known


1901-1917 – Cabinet maker.  In 1917 Bruce seems to be employed by Bennett Furnishings.

1891 Census

Stanhope Street, St Rollox, Glasgow

1901 Census

161 Stirling Road, Glasgow [living with aunt and uncle Borthwick]

1911 Census

66 Kyle Street, Townhead, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Quintus Lair 159
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

His widow later lived at 117 Croftside Avenue King’s Park, Glasgow.
It is interesting that of the fourteen First World War casualties actually buried in the Necropolis this is one of only two official CWGC headstones. This suggests that the families of the other twelve men already owned lairs within the Necropolis but in two cases a family who lived locally considered the Necropolis to be their ‘local’ cemetery and chose to have their loved one buried there at the time of his death.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry (, Findmypast (,

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

Family Search –

The Long, Long Trail –

Scotlands People –

The Scottish War Memorials Project –

Service Record for John Bruce (TNA AIR 79/999)



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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