5990RE: [Peterhead] Buchanhaven WW1
- Jan 20, 2014
My uncle, Pat Bruce from Peterhead was with the Gordon Highlanders in France. He was wounded twice, firstly wrecked his knees and sent back to England to recuperate, secondly he was wounded by a machine gun bullet sent home to recuperate then back to the trenches. He was lastly in an action with a Lt Kerr where they were the last to hold off a strong German advance, and were all taken prisoner. Lt Kerr of the Gordon Highlanders was awarded the Victoria Cross for this action.
Years later, Uncle Pat saw the story about Lt Kerr receiving the Victoria Cross in, I believe, the Fraserburgh paper, and told his son Charles Bruce, “I was there.” Charles persuaded him to write his story about his experiences in the trenches in France. I have that story, “I Was There” as one of my treasured family stories. I also sent a copy to the Gordon Highlander Museum.
Peter (Pat) Buchan Bruce. Born 1 May 1897. Married my aunt, Agnes Janet (Leslie) Bruce. Born 31 Aug 1907 in Roanheads, Peterhead. Died 1990 in Fraserburgh
If anyone has any ancestors that were born and/or live in Buchanhaven and were involved in WW1, I would appreciate hearing from you.
I’m currently researching all the service records for those from Buchanhaven, Peterhead during WW1. My aim is to publish the information for a book hopefully for the 100 year anniversary. I’m also looking/collecting stories and photos.
My aim is to include the person’s family biography, service details and a simple three generation family tree for each person. I’ve found 127 people so far.
If you can help please let me know. I have started a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WW1Buchanhaven if people would like to discuss there.
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