Reginald Henry BOORN

BOORN, Reginald Henry

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 September 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prospect, South Australia, 26 July 1894
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Port Adelaide Public School & St. Peters College
Occupation: Chemist
Died: Died of Wounds (GSW 04 Aug 1916), Etaples, France, 19 August 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, North Adelaide Christ Church Roll of Honour, North Adelaide Christ Church Honour Board, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

Promoted Lieutenant 12 August 1916

14 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Ballarat
19 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 27 Battalion awm_rank: Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1916-08-19


The Register Wednesday 06 September 1916 page 8

His father, Mr. H. J. Boorn, of Prospect has received news that Lieut R H. Boorn died on August 19, in the 24th General Hospital, having been wounded while fighting in France. He was educated at Port Adelaide Public School and at St Peter's College. His military career started when he was 13 years of age. He was much interested in this work, and was appointed lieutenant in 1913. He was O.C. of C Company of the Citizen Forces, North Adelaide. He was one of the first officers to enlist. He left South Australia in charge of reinforcements on September 14, 1915. On the eve of his departure he married Miss Ruth Gilbert. His brother Lieut. C W. Boorn, adjutant of the 8th Training Battalion, is now on active service abroad.

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Surname: BOORN; Given Names: Reginald Henry; Date of Birth: 26 July 1894; Date of Enlistment: 1 September 1914; Trade or Calling: Chemist; Birth Location: Prospect; Address prior to enlistment: Prospect; Photograph sent by: Mr H J Boorn.  Source: State Records SA

Son of Mr H J Boorn and Mrs Ellen Jane Boorn of Prospect, SA, husband of Mrs Ruth Jean Boorn, Reginald Henry Boorn was a chemist when he enlisted very soon after War was declared in 1914.

He was assigned initially to the 5th Reinforcements of the 27th Battalion

Shortly afterwards he was selected for Officer Training, which took place in Adelaide.  He missed the initial embarkation of the 27th Battaion.  His Commission was gazetted on 16 July 1915. 

He embarked in September 1915 on the HMAT Ballarat, and joined the Battalion in Ismailia Egypt and then embarked on the MT Alexandria for Marseilles and the Western Front.

The 27th Battalion was part of the 2nd Division attack which captured the Windmill at Pozieres on 4th August 1916 and it was then that Reginald Henry Boorn was wounded by small arms fire in the right shoulder, back and knee. He was recommended Mentioned in Despatches but there is no evidence of the award being gazetted

During the course of his hospitalisation he was promoted to Lieutenant on the 12th August 1916.

He was evacuated through the 4th Australian Field Ambulance initially and then to the 24th General Hospital at Etaples where he died of his wounds nearly two weeks later on the 19th August 1916..

He was buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery. 

1914/15 Star 22915 1920,

British War Medal  18916 

Victory Medal 18847 recommended MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES

Memorial Plaque 355791 1924

Married Mrs Ruth Jean Boorn C/- Mrs H Johns Austral Rd Kalgoorlie / alt address c/- Mrs Tidswell, 6 Hughes St Unley and later 71 First Avenue St Peters.