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William Henry BOYES

Regimental number1672
Place of birthRushworth, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressLardner via Warragul, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinFather, Henry Boyes, Lardner via Warragul, Victoria
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 29 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Distinguished Conduct Medal

' For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While this N.C.O. was in charge of a liaison post between battalions the enemy, under cover of an intense barrage, attacked on the left, forcing back the troops on that flank. He at organized a party, shooting the leading man and dispersing the rest with rifle grenades. While working along the trench directing fire on the retreating enemy he was severely wounded. Owing to his immediate grasp of the situation this attempt by the enemy was checked and the line re-occupied'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 36
Date: 14 March 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: [419] Lt Frank Harold BOYES, 14th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 March 1935

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