William Russell Bryce
14908 Private William Russell Bryce, 16th Battalion (2nd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry. An old and alternative nickname of the battalion was “Glasgow Boys Brigade Battalion” and “Holy Second” was another, intended to be humorous
William Russell Bryce was born about 1884 in Old Monkland Parish, the son of William and Mary Bryce. His father was a railway guard and later a tube work labourer. The Bryce family lived in Rochsolloch Road, Coatdyke. In the 1901 Census seventeen year old William was listed as a waiter working in a spirit shop. Sometime after the 1901 Census was taken William Russell Bryce emigrated to Canada. The local newspaper reported that he had been in Canada for fourteen years when he returned home in the summer of 1914 to visit his parents. In September 1914, instead of returning to Canada, William Bryce enlisted in the British Army. Posted to the 16th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, he first entered the theatre of war in France with the battalion on 23rd November 1915. William’s family were informed that he had died 1st July 1916 within four weeks of the event. William Bryce has no known resting place. He is officially commemorated on Pier and Face 15C of the Thiepval Memorial in France.
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