Bernard Joseph Bruton

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Bruton, Private Bernard Joseph no.519.

3rd Battalion C Company.

“Mogo”, Trafalgar Street, Belmore.

Builders labourer.

Born 1895 at Waterloo, second son of Frederick G. & Mary Bruton.

Educated at Patrician Brothers, Redfern.

Lived at Belmore.

Belonged to Cadets at Belmore.

Enlisted Belmore 26/8/1914, aged 19.



Next of kin, mother, Mrs M.M. Bruton, “Mogo” Trafalgar Street, Belmore.

Serving in the 39th Infantry at the time of enlistment.

Left Sydney on 20 October 1914.

Casualty list SMH 9/9/1915 Missing [given as Burton, B.J.].

Portrait SMH 24/9/1915 - Missing - of Belmore and Zetland.

Biography SMH 24/9/1915 p.5 Reported missing between August 5 and 12.

Died 7-12/8/1915 at Lone Pine, aged 20.

Casualty list DT 6/11/1916 Killed in Action.

Roll of Honour, Canterbury District.

Killed in Action 7/8/1915.

Memorial: Lone Pine, Panel 19. I

AWM File IDRL 428, Letters to Red Cross re Australian servicemen:

Company Quartermaster Sergeant H. Stead no.539 3rd AIF D Company, Malta, Ghain Tuffieha, 31/12/1915: He was in the same platoon, 13, and Company D, as me. His initials were P.J. and he was called “Percy”. I was told by Sergeant Major Pinkstone that he was killed at Lone Pine on August 6th or 7th. He was tall, had a very big red nose, and medium complexion. He came from NSW.

Company Sergeant Major A.G. Edwards no. 1089 B Company 3rd AIF, Malta, Ghain Tuffieha, 31/12/1915: He was in the same Company and platoon of which I was Sergeant Major. He was killed on August 6th at Lone Pine, and I saw his body on the 8th buried by the Dean of Sydney just outside Brown's Dip from the top of Victoria Gully. He was about 5ft 8ins, dark, no moustache, came from Campsie near Sydney and was a builder's assistant.

Private F. Gardiner no.555 3rd Australian Light Infantry A Company, Fawcett Road Hospital, Southsea, 14/1/1916: About the midddle of June last at Anzac Private Bruton who was in the same Company as myself was engaged with others in digging trenches when he was sniped in the trench. I was not eye-witness, but was told by the men employed in digging trenches.

Sergeant R.L. Graham no.20 D Company 3rd Battalion, Tell-el-Kabir 23/2/1916: Bruton was killed at Lone Pine in the trenches on 8th August. I saw his body lying in the track. Later on the body was taken out by a party of Connaught Rangers and buried at Brown's Dip. Bruton was a fairly tall, broad-shouldered fellow, known as “Lardhead”

Information to War Memorial from F.G. Bruton, father, Orient Hotel, Emu Plains.

Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993 Killed in Action 12/8/1915.

Anzac Memorial: Killed in Action 10/8/1915.

Australian War Memorial record available at: [accessed 19/08/2016].

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002