Gordon Francis James Bruce
||The Parachute Regiment
|Date of Death
||Plot 19. Row C. Grave 8.
- Gordon Francis James Bruce was a son of Gordon and Elise M. Bruce.
He was married to Margaret G. Bruce of Melton Mowbray,
- He was a member of C-Company of 156th Battalion. He left for Arnhem
from Saltby airfield. According to the book 'From Arnhem to Delhi' (page
132), about the 156th Battalion, Lieutenant Kenyon-Bell spoke to
Sergeant Bruce to make sure he understood that prisoners were to be
taken. Bruce's parents were Channel Islanders and had been under German
occupation sinds 1940. It was well known that in Bruce's view the only
good German was a dead one.
- From the same book (pages 193, 194, 195 & 196: On wednesday
20 september 156th Battalion was on the retreat from Wolfheze and was
trying to reach Oosterbeek. They advanced on the Breede Laan when German
machine-gun fire stopped the advance. Colonel Des Voeux ordered Major
Geoffrey Powell to attack on the right flank and to try to take the
Germans from the rear. Their objective was to capture the area where the
Breede Laan joined the main Utrechtseweg. Powell's force numbered about
80 in total. They moved through the trees and down a steep slope towards
the houses lining the east side of the Wolfhezerweg.
- At about 0800 hrs Powell and his men were halfway to their
objective, when from the west two German MG42 machine-guns opened up,
supported by mortars. More MG42's joined in, seven or eight in
- This action was taking place about 300 yards from the junction
of Wolfhezerweg and Utrechtseweg, a position that had been held by
C-Company 1st Border until their withdrawal to Koude Herberg crossroads
during the night. Unfortunately for the 156th, it was now
- Sergeant Bruce died during this action. He died from a
machine-gun burst to the stomach.
- After he died Bruce was buried beside Zonneheuvelweg in Oosterbeek.
He was later reburied at the Airborne Cemetery in
In our hearts a memory
Of one we loved
And shall never forget
Margaret, Mother and Pop