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Roger Stanley BOGGETT

Regimental number1215
Place of birthLeicester, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMordialloc, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 11"
Next of kinSister, Dorothy Boggett, 186 Kimberley Road, Leicester, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919

Military Medal

'At about 10 p.m. on the night of 12/13.6.18, a fire broke out inn one of the 4.5" Gas Shell Bays on the 5th. Australian Divisional Artillery Dump at VECQUEMONT as the result of a direct hit from hostile shell fire. No. 1215 Gunner R.S. BOGGETT who was at the other end of the dump immediately raced to the scene of fire. On arriving, although the fire had assumed large proportions, this Gunner tore the nets off with his bare hands, and then assisted by the remainder of the Staff set about extinguishing the fire with buckets of water. This Gunner worked with a total disregard of personal danger, although charges and fuses in the boxes were riddled with pellets, and the camouflage and boxes were fiercely burning. It was entirely owing to his prompt and effective action that the fire was extinguished before the gas shells burst and a serious catastrophe occurred. His action was a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty.'

Discharge date20 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 1 October 1915 (gonorrhoea), and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to HS 'Maheno', and transferred to Mudros, 1 October 1915, and admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital; transferred to 16th Stationary Hospital, 25 October 1915 (epydermitis); to Convalescent Depot, Mudros, 4 November 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Carisbrook Castle', Mudros, 26 November 1915 (tubercle of lung), and transferred to No 2 General Hospital, Heliopolis, 26 November 1915 (pthisis); to New Zealand & Australian Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 16 December 1915; discharged to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 30 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Found guilty, 29 May 1916, of being in an Estmaminet during prohibited hours, 28 May 1916: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 26 June 1916, on charge of disobeying a lawful command: found 'not guilty'; time in confinement awaiting trial: 28 days.

Wounded in action, 3 August 1916 (gun shot wound, right leg), and admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing station; to Ambulance Train, 4 August 1916, and admitted to 22nd General Hospital, Etaples; transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 9 August 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 14 August 1916 (varicocele); discharged to Base Details, 23 August 1916; rejoined 23rd Bn, Belgium, 29 August 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 26 September 1916 (scabies), and transferred to 2nd Australian Division Rest Station; to 50th Casualty Clearing Station, 27 September 1916; discharged to duty, 10 October 1916; rejoined Bn, 1 October 1916.

Reported injured, 17 November 1916 (fractured left arm), and admitted to 12th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 22 November 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Moneyhill, Birmingham, 23 November 1916; discharged on furlough, 17 January 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 1 February 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 21 March 1917 (phthisis; elbow injury); discharged on furlough, 10 April 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 April 1917.

Found guilty, 18 August 1917, of being absent without leave from 12 noon, 1 August, till 8.45 pm, 17 August 1917: admonished, and forfeited 17 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Found guilty, 20 August 1917, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, in that he made a false statement to L/Cpl Rutley APC concerning his pass: awarded 2 days' confined to camp.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, 21 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 November 1917; rejoined 23rd Bn, in the field, 19 November 1917.

Transferred to 5th Division Ammunition Column, 16 January 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Appointed Driver, 5 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 31 December 1918; disembarked Southampton, 3 January 1919.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 21 January 1919; discharged, 2 April 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 72 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Leicestershire', 3 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 21 June 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 20 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOGGETT Roger Stanley

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