Birth date: 1886
Birth place: United Kingdom: Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway, Stranraer
Death date: 20 July 1916
Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final rank: Lance Corporal
Service number: 1906 - First World War, 1914-1918
1916 - First World War, 1914-1918
  • 1st Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery
  • 4th Australian Infantry Battalion

James Boe was born at Stranraer, Scotland and immigrated to Australia. He worked in Sydney as a plumber and was a keen footballer. He was 29 years old when he volunteered to join the Australian Imperial Force at Liverpool, New South Wales on 18 January 1915. Boe departed Sydney aboard HMAT Kyarra with the 4th Battalion on 13 April 1915. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. James Boe was killed in action at Pozieres, France on 20 July 1916.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Date of Death: 20 July 1916
  • Unit: 1st Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 13 April 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Private Record

Boe, James (Lance Corporal, b.c.1887 - d.1916)

Collection relating to service of 1916 Lance Corporal James Boe, 1 Light Trench Mortar Battery, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection includes copies of letters describing active service written home to family in Scotland. Copies made 1928 by Australia House, London on behalf of Australian... Maker: Boe, James

1DRL/0132 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from James Boe to his Family, 1915-1916

Typewritten copy of letters relating to the First World War service of 1916 Lance Corporal James Boe, 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery. The typewritten copies of letters were written by James Boe to his family in Scotland bewteen 6 June 1915 and 19 June 1916. These letters recount Boe's...



Date of birth 1886
Date of embarkation 1915-04-13
Date of death 1916-07-20