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Bruce McColl

In memory of:

Private Bruce McColl

April 29, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:

37309

Age:

18

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

15th Bn.

Additional Information


Son of Alice McColl of London, Ontario, and John Duncan McColl.

Brother of Lance Corporal John Duncan McColl, who died five days before while serving in the same unit.

Commemorated on Page 25 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Press Clipping– In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Remembered by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women of London, Ontario (and area) who went to war and did not come home. Remembered on the pages of the World War One issues of the London Advertiser. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the London Free Press July 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Press Clipping– Bruce J. McColl, 37309, was born in Parkhill, Ontario on September 24, 1896.  He signed his military attestation on September 23rd, 1914 and trained with the 1st Contingent Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier Camp, Quebec. He was a student prior to enlisting. He served with the 15th Battalion, C.E.F.  His death was recorded as April 29th, 1915, during the 2nd battle of Ypres.  

John Duncan McColl, 27086, was born in Parkhill, Ontario on April 26, 1886.  He signed his military attestation on September 18th, 1914 and trained with the 1st Contingent Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier Camp, Quebec. He worked as a Commercial Traveller. He indicated on his attestation that he had 5 years experience with the 7th Regiment Fusiliers in London, Ontario. He served with the 15th Battalion, C.E.F.  His death was recorded as April 24th, 1915, during the 2nd battle of Ypres.   Both brothers do not have marked graves and are rememberered on the Menin Gate (Ypres) memorial in Belgium.
  • Badge– 15th  Bn cap badge. Submitted by Capt (Ret`d) S. W. Gilbert, 15th Battalion Memorial Project Team. 

DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Shoulder patch– 1st Division, 3rd Brigade shoulder patch worn by 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders of Canada). Submitted by Capt (Ret`d) S. W. Gilbert, 15th Battalion Memorial Project Team.

DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Inscription on Menin Gate Memorial– Menin Gate panel where Private B J McColl is commemorated.  Photo by BGen Young (ret) and submitted by Capt (ret) V Goldman of the 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Memorial– One of two memorial plaques dedicated on 24 April 2010 to commemorate those members of the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders of Canada) who fell during the 2nd Battle of Ypres 22-26 April 1915.  This memorial is located in the town of St. Julien
  • Memorial– One of two memorial plaques dedicated on 24 April 2010 to commemorate those members of the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders of Canada) who fell during the 2nd Battle of Ypres 22-26 April 1915.  This memorial is located on Gravenstafel Ridge
  • Record of Service– Record of Service Card (front side). Note two brothers and their father were all killed during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.  Submitted by 15th bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Record of Service– Record of Service Card (reverse side). Note two brothers and their father were all killed during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.  Submitted by 15th bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Cap Badge– Cap Badge Canadian Army Service Corps.  Private McColl enlisted with the Divisional Ammunition Train but request transfer to the 15th Bn to be with his family. Note two brothers and their father were all killed during the 2nd Battle of Ypres.  Submitted by Capt(ret'd) V. Goldman, 15th bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH

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