BOYCE, Frederick
(Service number 8/906 (Archway has 81906))

Aliases Fred
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 6 March 1881 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 381 Moorhouse avenue, Christchurch
Occupation Platelayer
Previous Military Experience 10th Contingent SA
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. H. BOYCE (brother), 27 Mayfair Street, Lower Riccarton
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
Embarked From Port Chalmers, Dunedin Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Gunshot wound to left arm.

Post-war Occupations

Railway worker


Date 8 February 1965 Age 83 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Frederick Boyce was the third son of Frederick and Mary Elizabeth (née Shears) Boyce, although the first-born son died in infancy. Born on 6 March 1881 at Timaru, Frederick was baptised as Frederick William Thomas Boyce, three weerks later, on 27 March, at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Timaru. Along with his siblings he was educated variously at Timaru South School and Timaru Main School. In late 1893 the family moved to Cheviot where Frederick, senior, died in 1899.

Frederick Boyce, junior, had served in the South African War. He enlisted early in the war and nominated his brother, Joseph Henry Boyce, as next-of-kin. He suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm, suffering permanent disability. Having returned home, he married Hilda Thorne in 1916. His brother, Samuel Frederick Boyce, enlisted also.


Auckland War Memorial Museum cenotaph Database [15 July 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [15 July 2020]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [15 July 2020]; St Mary’s Timaru baptism record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [16 July 2020]

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