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Henry Walter BOXER

Regimental number1663
Place of birthHamilton, Victoria
Other NamesWalter Henry
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWannon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Maria Boxer, Wannon, Victoria
Enlistment date31 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 February 1916
Place of enlistmentHamilton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name57th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/74/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Peronne, 2 September, 1918. When a heavy barrage of high explosive and gas caused casualties among the men this N.C.O. went back through the barrage and brought out two men to the dressing station. He then went to the outpost line and carried back more men to the dressing station.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on enemy trenches near DERNANCOURT, South-West of ALBERT, on the night of June 19th/20th 1918. Lance Corporal BOXER was in charge of the stretcher-bearers. Although wounded early in the raid by an enemy stick bomb, he assisted to carry out the wounded under heavy shell fire. Later he returned to the enemy trench with another stretcher-bearer, searching for one of the raiding party who was wounded and missing. He set a fine example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death16 June 1927

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