BRUFORD, William Palliser

339462 Gunner, 21st Bty. 4th Bde., Canadian Field Artillery.

Born

March 1880.
Son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Coles Bruford of Kilkenny Villas, Taunton, Somerset; husband of Mrs. H. M. Kabey (formerly Bruford) of Le Parcq, Grouville, Jersey, C.I.

Education

Blundell’s School, “North Close”, January 1897 when he was 16 years old until Christmas 1897

The Offensive

The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence. There was little more significant activity on this front until 1917, when in the Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele.

Death

24th October 1917, aged 37.

Burial/Commemoration

II. K. 25
White House Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

Memorial

The Cemetery was begun in March 1915 and used until April 1918. It was enlarged after the armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields of Ypres. The memorial was designed by Sir Reginald Bloomfield.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The Canadian Archives, www.collectionscanada.ca. RG 150 1992-93/166 Box 1202-38
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.4549
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 5/57

 

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