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Harry BOUGHTON

Regimental number2277
Place of birthWest Maitland New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPorter
AddressWest Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, W. Boughton, Lochinbar, West Maitland, New South Wales
Previous military service14th Infantry
Enlistment date21 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 20 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and bravery in the field. Near BOUZENCOURT, near ALBERT, on 10th May, 1918, a British single seater aeroplane (Lieutenant BARKER, 80th Squadron R.A.F.) crashed out of control at about 7.10 p.m. in full daylight inside the German night outpost line. On his Platoon Commander calling for a volunteer to assist him to carry the pilot in, Private BOUGHTON volunteered, though the enemy were heavily machine gunning the plane and our trenches. He coolly walked across No Man's Land with Lieutenant HILL and assisted him to extricate and carry back to our trenches the pilot, who was badly dazed though unwounded. This act, coolly carried out in the face of enemy fire, required the greatest pluck, and the magnificent courage displayed served as an excellent example for Private BOUGHTON's comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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