The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper Bruce May|
Ancestor's Name: Bruce Harold May
Ancestor's date of birth: 1880
Ancestor's date of death: 07/09/1901
Cause of Death: Killed by an accidental discharge at Hartbeestefontein South Africa
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Work at May Brothers foundry Gawler, South Australia
Service Number: 375
Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Gawler
Unit: 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War.
Murray Page: 372 and 391
Contingent: Fifth South Australian
Ship: Ormazon, Date of Sailing: 09/02/1901
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State clasp.
Personal Characteristics: Well liked by all who knew him.
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided
Details of service in war: From March 1901 in Free State including defence of Graspan where five dead (6 June 1901) and charge at Grootvlei (2 August 1901). At Hartbeestefontein during the afternoon of Saturday 7 September 1901, while mounted sports were being held, a rifle was accidentally fired, killing Trooper BH May and wounding another man; it cast quite a gloom over the whole camp as he was well liked by all who knew him. He was buried during the afternoon. It happened during the first event on the program, which after the sad accident was stopped. (TPR Edwards Diary)
Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.
Name of Descendant: Andrew Kenneth May, Kingswood SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Cousin