Private BRUCE STEEL KINGSBURY
A.I.F. 2/14 Bn.
Died 29 August 1942
Age 24 years old
C6. E. 1.
Papua New Guinea
- Country of Service Australian
- Awards Victoria Cross
- Additional Info Son of Philip Blencowe Kingsbury and Florence Annie Kingsbury, of Northcote, Victoria.
- Personal Inscription HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE IN PEACE AND SECURITY
- Additional Citation note
The following details are given in the London Gazette of February 5th, 1943; In the Isavura area, New Guinea, in August 1942 the battalion to which Pte. Kingsbury belonged had been holding a position for two days against continuous and fierce attacks. On August 29th the enemy broke through on the right flank, creating a serious threat to the battalion and its headquarters. It was essential to regain the lost ground immediately, and Pte. Kingsbury, one of the few survivors of his platoon, volunteered to join another platoon ordered to counter-attack. Rushing through terrific machine-gun fire, and firing his bren gun from the hip, he succeeded in clearing a path through the enemy, inflicting an extremely high number of casualties; but was seen to fall, shot dead by a sniper. Pte. Kingsbury displayed a complete disregard for his own safety. His initiative and superb courage made possible the re-capture of the position, which undoubtedly saved battalion headquarters as well as causing heavy casualties among the enemy. His coolness, determination and devotion to duty in the face of great odds were an inspiration to his comrades.