Bruce was one of eleven children in the Wiseman family, who lived and farmed at Lotmead on the outskirts of Wanborough. He started his career as a bank clerk in Gloucester, boarding with his cousin in Churchdown. Bruce moved to Bexhill, Sussex before joining Lloyd's Bank at Faringdon and was working there at the outbreak of the First World War.
He enlisted early in the war at Reading, as a private dragoon in the Household Cavalry, Berkshire Yeomanry battalion, part of the 2nd Mounted Division. He was later promoted to Lance Corporal. The Cavalry were posted to Turkey and on 21st August 1915 he participated in the second attack of the Battle of Scimitar Hill, which was the last offensive mounted by the British at Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli.
Bruce was reported missing in action, presumed killed; his death, aged 32, was formally reported in August 2016. He is commemorated on panel 18/19 at the Helles memorial at Canakkale, Gallipoli. The Faringdon Advertiser noted "He was of a most genial disposition and enjoyed a wide circle of friends in the town and neighbourhood". Bruce was also remembered at the Faringdon Armistice dinner, where Mr S Luker read out war correspondent Ashmead Bartlett's report of the battle to take the Hill, noting that it was where Bruce, Mr Luker's 'dear old friend', gave his life.
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