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Samuel BOAKE

Date of birth5 September 1865
Place of birthCarlow, Co Carlow, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressMudgee, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation52
Height5' 11.75"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M G Boake, 15 Lansdowne Terrace, Cheltenham, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Army Medical Corps Voluntary Medical Services for 8 years; in the Army Medical Corps Reserve 1914-17.
Enlistment date15 August 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 October 1917
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 19 January 1918
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date28 January 1920
Other details

Surgeon-General Neville Howse VC wrote to Boake, 16 April 1917: 'If you are in good health and apply to Surgeon-General Featherston, and he sends you forward as a Captain, I can find plenty of work for you at a Base Hospital, and if you come over will make every endeavour to place you in a Base Hospital in France, and when you have gained the necessary experience, will place you in a Casualty Clearing Station close to the front line.'

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 31 October 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 26 December 1917. Marched out to No 2 Camp, Parkhouse, 27 December 1917. Attached to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 7 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 April 1918, and attached for duty to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Wimereux.

Posted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 2 September 1918. Proceeded on leave to United Kingdom, 14 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 1 October 1918.

Disembarked England to report to AIF Headquarters, 3 March 1919; attached for duty to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 5 March 1919. Marched out to AIF Headquarters, 29 August 1919. On leave, 12 September-31 October 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Macedonia', 31 October 1919; transferred at Bombay to HT 'Medic'; discharged, 28 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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