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Frederick Rowland BOUGHEN

Regimental number2372
Place of birthMundoora, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressKoolunga, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Frances Norah Boughen, Mundoora, South Australia
Enlistment date26 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 21 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 5 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Corporal BOUGHEN has rendered conspicuous service over a lengthy period. On 8th July, 1918, at VILLERS BRETONNEUX, this N.C.O. lead an attack on the enemy trenches, and by his pluck and example was instrumental in the success of the operation. 1,8000 yards of trench, 17 prisoners and 2 machine guns were captured in this position. During this attack, which was carried out in daylight, Corporal BOUGHEN single handed rushed a post which was offering resistance, killing two and capturing three of the enemy. He has served almost continuously with his Battalion, and has rendered invaluable service. During the advance east of AMIENS from 8th August, 1918, to 3rd October, 1918, his great courage and initiative were large factors which made for the success of the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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