Richard B. Boyce

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Richard Best Boyce was born at Smeaton, Victoria. His mother was Mary Boyce who was living at 187 Victoria Street, Ballarat in March 1915.[1]

Richard Boyce studied Engine Driving at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1895 and 1896.[2]

At the age of 66 Richard Boyce died towards the end of 1941. He was buried in the Kalgoorlie Cemetery on 02 December 1941.[3]

World War One Service

Boyce enlisted into the AIF twice. The first time took place on 01 March 1915 where he was given the number '16'. At that time he described himself as a 39 year old ganger with 8 years experience in the Ballarat Militia. He was struck of strength on 05 May 1915 as a Deserter.[4] Boyce left Victoria, probably around March 1915, to work on the Western Australia goldfield.[5]

At the time of his second enlistment Boyce declared he was a single 43 year old miner whose next of kin was John Boyce of the Newport Workshops, Melbourne.[6]

Richard Boyce (4530) enlisted in the AIF on 28 December 1915 at Laverton, Western Australia. He was a member of the Australian Mining Corps.[7] Sapper Boyce first served with the 6th Tunnelling Company from 10 March 1916, before being transferred to the 1st Tunnelling Company on 26 October 1916], and proceeded overseas on 01 June 1916 on board the HMAT Warilda. On 28 October 1916 he was attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company, and on 03 December 1916 he was taken on strength to the 3rd Tunnelling Company.[8]

Sapper Richard Boyce was discharged from the AIF on 12 February 1919, after being demobilised in London where he intended to live in Sutherland Street, Pimlico.[9]

In 1931 Richard Boyce was living at Northam, Western Australia.[10]


Tree 2979 in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour was planted for Richard Boyce of the Australian Mining Corps. The tree is an Elm, and was planted on 17 August 1918 by Miss D. Storey.[11]


BOYCE.- The friends of the late Richard Boyce, late of 52 Cheetham Street Kalgoorlie, are respectfully informed that his remains will be removed from Messrs A. andJ. Kyle's Private Mortuary Chapel, Cassidy street, Kalgoorlie, ar 11 o'clock THIS DAY (Tuesday), for internment in the Anglican portion of the Kalgoorlie Cemetery. A. and J. Kyle, Funeral Directors. Phone 23. [12]

BOYCE. - R.S.L., Kalgoorlie and Boulder Sub-branches. - Members of the above are respectfully requested to attend the funeral of their late comrade, Richard Boyce, Reg. No. 4530, 3rd Tunnellers, which leaves Messrs A. and J. Kyle's Private Mortuary Chapel, Cassidy street, Kalgoorlie, at 11 o'clock THIS DAY (Tuesday). G.F. Edwards, and V. O'Grady, secretaries.[13]

See also

1st Tunnelling Company

3rd Tunnelling Company

6th Tunnelling Company



  1. NAA; B2455 Boyce R.
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Enrolment Database, Federation University Historical Collection.
  3. Research by Tracey Boyce, 17 November 2014.
  4. NAA; B2455 Boyce R.
  5. Research by Tracey Boyce, 17 November 2014.
  6. NAA; B2455 Boyce R.
  7. Lucas's Staff Appreciation of Brave Men, Final Edition, June 1919.
  8. NAA; B2455 Boyce R.
  9. NAA; B2455 Boyce R.
  10. NAA; B2455 Boyce R.
  11. Lucas's Staff Appreciation of Brave Men, Final Edition, June 1919.
  12. Kalgoorlie Miner, 02 December 1941.
  13. Kalgoorlie Miner, 02 December 1941.

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--Cgervasoni (talk) 10:02, 16 July 2014 (EST)

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