Private Thomas Bruce, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He died of wounds in hospital in London on 2nd December 1914, aged 24 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London. He was a Regular Soldier and the son of Richard and Janet Bruce of “Leadervale “, Lauder and brother of George Bruce ( see above ). The day before he died his parents had received a letter from him advising them he was fine but that he had had a leg amputated. At the time his three brothers were also serving, one ( George ) in the Scots Guards, one in the K.O.S.B. and one with the 1/4th ( Border) Battalion K.O.S.B. He had been badly wounded in the leg by shellfire during the Battle of Nonne Boschen ( part of the wider Battle of First Ypres) His leg was amputated in a London hospital but six days later he died of heart failure. His parents later received his effects which consisted of 4 packets of cigarettes, 24 coins, an identity disc, a tin of tobacco, his pipe, a cardigan, a handkerchief, a sock, a belt, his razor and Army 2nd and 3rd class Certificates of Education. Before enlisting in 1908 he had been employed as a groom.