John Alexander Bovard

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Alexander
Last Name: 
Bovard
Mother's Name: 
Sarah Jane Bovard nee Richardson
Father's Name: 
John Bovard
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, August 11, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Corporal
Unit: 
30th Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, January 25, 1958
Place of Death: 
Wollongong, N.S.W.
Details: 

John Bovard was born in Albury, N.S.W. around 1883.

At the time of John's 1st enlistment (Service No 1021) he was single, 29 years old, lived at Port Kembla, N.S.W. and worked as an carpenter.

He then embarked from Sydney on HMAT A35 Berrima with D Company, Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit) to New Guinea on 19th August 1914.

He was discharged after his 6 months service and then enlisted with the AIF on 20th April 1915.

At this time he was 31 years of age, and employed as an electrician.

He embarked (Service No 1220) on HMAT A72 Beltana with C Company, 30th Battalion, on 9th November 1915.  The troops arrived in Egypt on 11th December 1915 and John was then sent on to France with 30th Battalion, arriving on 23rd June 1916.

John saw service at Fromelles until he was wounded on 20th July 1916 and evacuated to England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his right hand.

After he recovered he was transferred to the Anzac Provost Corps on 20th March 1917.  On 20th October 1918 he was promoted to Lance Coporal, and on 10th February 1919 promoted to Corporal.

On 9th July 1919 he married Elizabeth Turnbull in Edinburgh and she returned to Australia with him in December 1919.

John was discharged on 23rd February 1920.

He died in Wollongong in 1958.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BOVARD J A

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