Leading Seaman James Alexander Bruce


Leading Seaman James Alexander Bruce of the Royal Navy (Queenstown/Cobh)

Date of incident: 11 March 1920

Sources: CE, 8 May 1920; Commonwealth War Graves Commission;

http://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/list-1921.html; http://www.cairogang.com/soldiers-killed/bruce-ja/ja-bruce.html (accessed 1 Aug. 2014).


Note: Bruce accidentally drowned on 11 March 1920 while a sailor on the HMS Poppy, ‘a fleet-sweeping sloop’, on books of the HMS Colleen at Queenstown. He was buried in Sleepy Hillock Cemetery in Montrose, Forfarshire (now Angus), Scotland. The Cork Examiner of 8 May 1920, under the headline ‘Recent Queenstown Drowning’, took note that the remains of Leading Seaman Bruce had just left Cobh for interment in Montrose. This report came almost two months after his tragic drowning.


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