Private Bruce Steel Kingsbury

Service number VX19139
Birth Date 08 January 1918
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Death Date 29 August 1942
Death Place New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Isurava
Final Rank Private
Service Australian armed forces
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1943-02-09
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1943-02-11
Description

Melbourne-born Bruce Kingsbury worked in New South Wales and Victoria before enlisting in May 1940. Embarking with the 2/14th Battalion from Sydney, he served in Palestine and Egypt and took part in the invasion of Syria. He returned to Australia with the battalion in March 1942.

In August the 2/14th moved to Port Moresby, hoping to halt the Japanese on the Kokoda Trail. Kingsbury's platoon had been holding a position for two days against continual enemy attacks and severe losses when he made the heroic assault that cost him his life. On his own initiative, he charged with a Bren gun, shooting from the hip against intense enemy machine-gun fire, causing many casualties. Alone, he continued to sweep the enemy with his fire until he fell, shot by a sniper. A senior officer said that Kingsbury's valour had inspired the battalion over the succeeding weeks, and demonstrated that the previously undefeated Japanese could be beaten. Kingsbury was buried in the Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    2/14th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Private
    London Gazette
    09 February 1943 on page 695 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    11 February 1943 on page 433 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Roll of Honour:

    Unit
    2/14th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Private

Timeline

Date of birth 08 January 1918
Date of death 29 August 1942