Who was Bruce Kingsbury?

25/04/2017 08:33

Bruce Kingsbury received a a posthumous Victoria Cross for his efforts during the Kokoda campaign during the Second World War.  This campaign  yielded more Allied decorations than any other battle in the Pacific.

For example -- one of the last gestures of defiance at Isurava was by Corporal Charlie McCallum, a farmer from South Gippsland. This is from Paul Ham’s book, Kokoda.

McCallum sprayed the enemy with his Bren gun and when it ran out of ammunition, he grabbed a tommy gun from a dead mate, all the time firing in to the advancing Japanese. He was wounded three times but kept on firing. He killed 25 Japanese and received the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He died later on the track.


Tags: Bruce Kingsbury, Charlie McCallum, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Victoria Cross
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