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Frederick Augustus Boden

Name on Board FA Boden
Name on Service
Records
Frederick Augustus  Boden
Enlistment Age 23
Occupation Iron Driller
Place of Birth Williamstown, Vic
Next of Kin Frederick William and Amiee Eugenie Boden
Address 68 Lynch St, Footscray, Vic
Marital Status S
Enlistment Date 11/01/1915
Service No. 1670
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne
Embarkation Date 19/02/1915
Embarkation Ship HMAT Runic A54
Unit on Embarkation 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of Death 7/08/1915
Unit on Death 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Rank on Death Private
Cause of Death KIA
Place of Wounding/
Death
Gallipoli (no known grave)
Cemetery or Memorial Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
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Additional Information

Frederick Boden was killed following the August offensive at Gallipoli while assisting to carry a wounded Turkish officer to the beaches for medical attention.  When Chaplain Gillison discovered what had happened he had Fredericks’ body retrieved and buried with other men of the 14th Battalion who had died on the same day, so that he might be laid beside his comrades.  This small battlefield cemetery was later lost, so the final resting place of Frederick Boden is now unknown.

Frederick’s story was honoured at the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on 13 August 2013.

In 1916 Frederick Boden’s parents received a parcel containing their son’s New Testament.   Lance-Corporal A Hyatt of the Ordinance Corps, who spotted their address inside the Bible and thought Frederick’s family would be pleased to receive them ‘as a memento of a life laid down for a noble cause’.  

His name appears on the North Williamstown Presbyterian Church (now St Stephens).

Sadly the kindly, much loved Chaplain Gillison was killed shortly after while attempting to rescue an injured man from no-mans land.  He was buried beside the Agean Sea.

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