BRYCE, Colin
(Service number 22664)

First Rank Lieutenant Last Rank Captain


Date Unknown Place of Birth Tokomairiro, Otago

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs J.E Bryce (wife), Stirling, Otago
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZEF
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 16th Reinforcements Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company
Date 20 August 1916
Transport Navua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)

Award Circumstances and Date

London Gazette, 28 May 1918, p6204, Rec No 1900: Honours despatch for period 22nd September 1917 to 24th February 1918 (inclusive)

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 3 December 1917 Age
Place of Death Ypres, Belgium
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Memorial Reference VIA H I
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru

Biographical Notes

Son of James and Margaret Bryce Captain Bryce was commanding 10th Company in the attack on Polderhoek Chateau on 3 December when he was severely wounded. While making his way back from the firing line he was killed. Operation Orders for the attack on Polderhoek Chateau and grounds were issued on 1 December 1917. The assault was to take place on 3 December with two battalions of the 2nd Infantry Brigade in line, namely the 1st Battalion of Otago and the 1st Battalion of Canterbury. In addition to the artillery barrage which was to support the attack arrangements were made for the operation to be covered by a barrage of machine gun fire, by trench mortars and by a discharge of gas by 4in. Stokes mortars. The attack was not a success and a fatal miscalculation caused the two leading Companies (4th and 10th) to be caught in the destructive fire of their own artillery. Severe losses were incurred. See A.E. Byrne The Official History of the Otago Regiment in the Great War, p. 232ff. and David Ferguson The History of the Canterbury Regiment, NZEF 1914-1919, p. 212ff. There is a good map on p. 216/7 of this book.


Cenotaph Oct 2013

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