Thomas Henry Boon
† Boon, Lance Corporal Thomas Henry (Dick) no. 1022.
1st Battalion F Company
Redman Street, Canterbury.
Born 1895, son of Richard & Ellen Boon, at Rozelle, educated St Joseph’s, Rozelle.
Was a senior cadet (volunteer) Citizen’s Forces.
Enlisted with his cousin, Private John Boon, 1st Battalion, at Parramatta 1/9/1914, aged 19.
Next of kin, sister, Miss E. Boon, Redman Street, Canterbury.
Serving in the 19th Infantry at enlistment.
Casualty list SMH 12/8/1915 Wounded.
Casualty list SMH 7/10/1915 In hospital.
Casualty list SMH 23/6/1916 Returned to duty.
Wounded 9/4/1917 at Demicourt, near Bullecourt, when his Lewis Gun crew was hit by a shell.
Died of wounds 11/4/1917 aged 22 at the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station.
Buried Bapaume Australian Cemetery, grave B.17.
AWM File IDRL428 Letters to the British Red Cross re Australian servicemen Lance Corporal T. Haining no.2849 1 st Battalion D Company, No. 14 General Hospital, Boulogne, 5/8/1917: Boon was wounded by the same shell that wounded me, about 11 am on April 9th when we were attacking a little village to the right of Bullecourt. He was hit in the stomach. The last I saw of him was in a clearing station near Bapaume about dark.
Private Ernest Wake no.6330 1 st Battalion D Company XIV Platoon, Tooting Hospital: A piece of shrapnel struck Boon in the stomach as we were advancing towards a village (the name of which I cannot remember). He walked without assistance to the dressing station which was about half a mile away, and eventually died there. I never heard where he was buried He was a machine gunner, about 5 ’7", very thickset, dark with a slight moustache. We called him Dick. I was only about 15 yards from him when he was struck.
Private E. Vonsey no.3648, Amb T. “Ville de Liege” Calais, 25/9/1917: At Demicourt on the Somme on Easter Monday I was on a Lewis Gun with Boon, and a piece of shell hit him in the navel. He was bad from the beginning. He was removed soon after to the 2nd Battalion Dressing Station and I think he lived two days. There is a big cemetery at Beaumetz, about two miles from the Dressing Station. He was a great favourite in the Battalion. He came from Parramatta. He was 5ft 8ins, dark, well known as a football player.
Private J.W. Hanlen no.3338, No.8 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 17/10/1917: We were at Hermies on the Somme on April 11th. I saw him shot in the stomach by shrapnel and saw him walking towards the Dressing Station. He finally got there, which was two miles away, and collapsed at the door and died, so I was told by the Battalion A.M.C. I did not hear where he was buried. He was in D Company XV Platoon. Very short, dark, about 24 years, was a very good athlete, had been married in England when on leave.
Private Braithwaite, No.4 AGH, Randwick: I knew Boon, he was in the same company with me -D Company. We used to call him “Dick”. On Easter Monday 9th April we were waiting for orders to take a village called Demicourt. While we were waiting under cover of a bank a shell came and hit Boon. He was badly wounded but conscious. I was lying alongside him. After we were taken to the Dressing Station I never saw him again. He had dark hair, medium height, slight build He used to play with Anzac footballers in England.
Information from E. Mayne, sister, “Wandsworth” 2 Colvin Avenue, Carlton.
On Active Service SMH 11/4/1918 Boon - In loving memory of our dear brother, Lance-corporal Thomas H. Boon, 1st Battalion, died of wounds in France, April 11, 1917. Inserted by his loving sisters and brothers,Fred (on active service) Boon - In loving memory of my dear brother, Lance-corporal T.H. Boon, killed in action in France, April 11, 1917. Inserted by his sister and brother-in-law, M. And J.E. O’Brien.
Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993: Killed in action 11/4/1917.
Anzac Memorial has Died of Wounds 11/4/1917.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1813907/ [accessed on 22/07/2016].
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002