Bruce Macintosh GILCHRIST

  • POW number: 33
  • Name: GILCHRIST, Bruce Macintosh
  • Listed as: n/a
  • Age: 21
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Soldier type: Anti-aircraft Gunner
  • Occupation and special skills: n/a
  • Unit: Artillery Unit
  • Place of birth: Sydney
  • Place of capture: Warangoi River
  • Above information is a direct translation from the Japanese list. If incorrect we will not amend it.
  • POW number: 33
  • Name: GILCHRIST, Bruce Macintosh
  • Listed as: n/a
  • Age: 21
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Soldier type: Anti-aircraft Gunner
  • Occupation and special skills: n/a
  • Unit: Artillery Unit
  • Place of birth: Sydney
  • Place of capture: Warangoi River
  • Above information is a direct translation from the Japanese list. If incorrect we will not amend it.
  • Name: GILCHRIST, Bruce Macintosh
  • Listed as: n/a
  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Name: GILCHRIST, Bruce Macintosh
  • Service number: NX191442
  • Presumed lost aboard the Montevideo Maru
  • Date of birth: 5-Nov-20
  • Service number: NX191442
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Above information taken from the persons service record.
  • Date of birth: 5-Nov-20
  • Service number: NX191442
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Above information taken from the persons service record.
  • Internee number: 33
  • Occupation and special skills: n/a
  • Place of capture: Warangoi River
  • Although this person's name does not appear on either the Japanese or the English list recently received by the National Archives of Australia. His service file indicates that his next of kin was notified of his death aboard the Montevideo Maru.
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This person can be viewed on the English list at page 16 and on the Japanese list at page 7.


Memories

  • Bruce's last letter home was to his sister Marjorie and family on 7 Jan 1942 in which he described the AA action against the Jap raid. 11/08/2012
  • Bruce was last seen by David Bloomfield with escaping soldiers and AA men at Adler Bay Saturday 31 Jan 1942. They had decided to surrender. 11/08/2012
  • Bruce was in charge of the AA gun that fired the first shot in action on Australian territory Sunday 4 Jan 1942 against Jap attack bombers. 11/08/2012
  • 'Frisbee' was Lt David Selby's nickname because of his flowing moustache and gave the name to the AA position on Observatory Hill. 11/08/2012
  • AA Bty L to R Sgt (Bruce) Gilchrist, Lt (Peter) Fisher, Padre May, Lt (David) Selby OC, Sgt (Ernest) Green and Sgt (Hamilton) Peters. 2/08/2012
  • AABty photo Frisbee R by Sgt Les Robbins Fortress Sigs ex Gnr David Bloomfield now AWM PO2312.004. 2/08/2012
  • Bdr Bruce Gilchrist promoted Sgt August 1941 enroute to Rabaul on HMAT Neptunia. AA Bty was sited on Frisbee Ridge. 2/08/2012
  • Clerk, born Sydney NSW (not Tasmania) lived Chatswood. Militia artillery prewar. N107796 t/f AIF NX191442 AA bty Rabaul att. 2/22 Btn. 26/07/2012

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