Leslie Atherton Gerard BOYCE MC

Leslie Atherton Gerard Boyce MC Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Burketown
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
Clerk
Enlisted
06-January-1916
Place
Toowoomba
Age
18
Status
Single
Service No
819
Rank
Corporal
Unit
41st Battalion, D Company
Embarked
18-May-1916
Place
Sydney
Active Service
Western Front
Highest rank
Lieutenant
Honours and Awards
Military Cross
Fate
Returned to Australia
July 1918
Notes

Also named on Rangeville State School Honour Board.

 

Leslie Boyce was promoted to Sergeant in England and arrived in France in November 1916. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in June 1917, he was wounded in action at Ypres in October and evacuated to London’s Prince of Wales Hospital. For his bravery during the October fighting at Ypres he was awarded the Military Cross. Promoted to Lieutenant in January 1918, he was severely wounded in action in March with gunshots to both thighs and evacuated to London’s 3rd General Hospital. In August he was invalided to Australia, He was only 21.

 

Military Cross citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of his platoon during an attack and of the company after reaching the objective, all the other officers being killed or wounded. He remained in command for two days consolidating the position and repelling counter-attacks." (Awarded 18 December 1917)

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