Frederick Charles BODEN

Year of Birth:  1891

Place of Birth:  Cairns Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  2 September 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  3 January 1916, Brisbane

Ship:  HMAT Kyarra A55

Rank:  Private/Gunner

Unit(s):  5th Australian Light Horse Regiment – 13th Australian Field Artillery Brigade -11 to 14 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  1853

Died:  8 November 1918


Frederick Charles Boden was born in Cairns on 11 February 1891, the second of six children of William Henry Boden born England and Susan Webster (Morrison) born Linlithgow, Linlithgowshire, Scotland.  His siblings were Lawrence John (1889), Edgar Morrison (1892) who also served overseas, Jeannie Marshall (1896), Ellen (1901) and Susie Morrison (1904).

When Frederick enlisted in Townsville on the 2 September 1915 he named his mother Susan Webster Boden, C/- Adelaide SS Coy, Cairns, as his next of kin.  His occupation was Clerk (accountant) and he was 24 years 6 months of age, 5 feet 3 1/4 inches in height, weighed 9 stone 6 pounds with fair complexion, grey eyes and auburn hair.  He was Presbyterian. He attended the Cairns State School.

Private Boden arrived in Alexandria, Egypt on 19 February 1916 and on 20 June 1916 left Egypt on the “Huntsend” arriving in Marseilles, France on 30 June 1916. He was admitted to hospital on 2 November 1918 and died of broncho pneumonia on 8 November 1918.

Frederick Charles Boden is buried in Etretat Churchyard Cemetery, Etretat, Le Havre, Haute-Normandie, France.


HMAT Kyarra A55 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


Roll of Honour Circular courtesy of Austalian War Memorial


Northern Herald (Cairns) 21 November 1918 p5


Online Resources

NAA:  B2455 Boden, Frederick Charles, National Archives Australia

NAA: B2455 Boden, Edgar Morrison, National Archives Australia

Australian War Memorial

Queensland Births Deaths & Marriages

Photograph of HMAT Kyarra, Australian War Memorial

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia


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