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John Albert BOYCE

Regimental number1664
Place of birthDean's Marsh, Victoria
Other NamesAlbert John
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address115 Wills Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Russ, 115 Wills Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the Cadets.
Enlistment date22 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 February 1916
Place of enlistmentBallarat, 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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 21 February 1916. Taken on strength, 59th Bn, 24 May 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 April 1916; disembarked Alexandria, no date stated.

Taken on strength of 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 24 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'presumed buried in No Man's Land approx at 5J9043 to 5K0251 Sheet Hazebrouck 5a'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 481105, 1790 Corporal J. WOOD, C Company, 59th Bn, 13 October 1916: 'I was with him in the charge at Fleurbaix on the night of 19th July. We were going along when he was shot and went down, apparently killed. This was about 50 or 60 yards out from our own parapet where I saw him fall. We did not hold the [ground] on which he fell. I do not know if his body was got in or not.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOYCE John Albert
Red Cross file 481105

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