Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Lance Corporal Duncan Druce, 16th (Public Schools) Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own), was killed on the Western Front.
The battalion was raised on the 1st of September in 1914; Lance Corporal Druce joined in January of 1915, and after training proceeded to France with them in November of that year. He was killed in his billet near Cuinchy by enemy shell-fire.
Lance Corporal Druce lies buried in the Cambrin Military Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais in France. His brother, Private Joseph Melville Druce, of the same battalion, would be killed six months later.
Duncan was born and raised in Hampstead.