BOYCE, Samuel Frederick
(Service number 85791)

Aliases Also known as Samuel John BOYCE
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Date 26 March 1876 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 13 April 1918 Age 42 years
Address at Enlistment 340 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch
Occupation Bootmaker
Previous Military Experience Timaru Rifles - resigned
Marital Status Married. One child
Next of Kin Mrs A. BOYCE (wife), 340 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 10 June 1940 Age 64 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 15, Plot 397
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Samuel Frederick Boyce was the eldest surviving son of Frederick and Mary Elizabeth (née Shears) Boyce, the first-born having died in infancy. He was born on 26 March 1876 at Timaru. His name at birth and on enlistment was Samuel Frederick, while he married, died and was buried as Samuel John. Along with his siblings he was educated variously at Timaru South School and Timaru Main School, leaving to go out to work just before his fourteenth birthday. In late 1893 the family moved to Cheviot where Frederick, senior, died in 1899.

Samuel married Agnes Gray on 12 February 1903 at Christchurch, and they had ason born on 22 June 1911 – Royal Samuel George Boyce. Samuel, a bootmaker, was drawn in the ballot and called up in 1918. His brother, Frederick Boyce, served in World War I and returned home wounded. .


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [15 July 2020]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [15 July 2020]; Bromley Cemetery headstone transcription [16 July 2020], Bromley Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [16 July 2020]

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