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Rocklay BOOTS

Regimental number194
Place of birthSt Marys New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressVineswood, via Penrith, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, E J Boots, Vineswood, via Penrith, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Field Ambulance, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 3 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On 28th August 1918 in the neighbourhood of the village of FOUCAUCOURT South of PERONNE this man worked with his squad for 12 hours backwards and forwards in a wood on which the enemy had placed a heavy barrage. This dangerous work was carried out in a most praiseworthy manner. Finally during the night a shell hit his squad, killed two men and severely wounded the third. This man Private BOOTS carried to a place of safety and then reported to the Regimental Medical Officer who sent him for reinforcement squads. He carried this message down F.A.D.S, and although severely shocked by the shell that had killed his companions, immediately volunteered to act as guide. His plucky behaviour and coolness contributed greatly to the evacuation of the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 September 1968

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