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
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
Northern Herald (Cairns) 21 November 1918 p5
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