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Regimental number1984
Place of birthAlbert Park, Victoria
SchoolWesley College, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGeneral Post 0ffice Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, James Boully, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Junior Cadets.
Enlistment date9 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateKilled in Action 5 August 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Date of death5 August 1917
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialMessines Ridge British Cemetery (Plot V, Row A, Grave No. 5), Messines, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Fanny BOULLY, 98 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Victoria

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of and reorganized two platoons after all the officers had become c asualties. Later he went out under very heavy fire and rescued two wounded men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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