PrivateKINGSBURY, BRUCE STEEL

Service Number VX19139

Died 29/08/1942

Aged 24

A.I.F. 2/14 Bn.
Australian Infantry

V C

Son of Philip Blencowe Kingsbury and Florence Annie Kingsbury, of Northcote, Victoria.

Inscription

HE GAVE HIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE IN PEACE AND SECURITY

Citation

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.

Buried at PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY

Location: Papua New Guinea
Number of casualties: 3138

Cemetery/memorial reference: C6. E. 1.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.