Harland and Wolff - Shipbuilding and Engineering Works

Thomas Ernest Bruce
  Occupation   Apprentice Draughtsman  
  Regiment   Royal Irish Rifles - 15th Battalion  
  Service No. - Rank   16274 - Rifleman  
  Date of Death   20th October 1918 aged 22  
  Buried   Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Harelbeke, Belgium, plot 3, row C, grave 1  
  Remembered   Family headstone in Lambeg Parish Church Cemetery  
  CWGC Certificate   Click to Download  

Born and living in Dunmurry he was a member of Derriaghy LOL 135 and was employed as an apprentice draughtsman at Harland and Wolff in Belfast. He enlisted at Belfast. Reported wounded in September 1917, possibly at Langemarck, the previous month, he Died of Wounds in Belgium on the 20.10.18 age 22, having served for over four years. He may originally have been buried in Lendelede Cemetery, near Courtrai, Belgium, however, he is now interred in Harlebeke New British Cemetery. The only son of Charlotte Rebecca and Thomas Bruce Jr. of Woodview, Dunmurry, his mother had died on the 17.6.16 age 53, his father forty four years later on the 22.3.60 aged 94. Ernest in the Drawing Office of Harland & Wolff (back row second from left)