Frank Corrie BOLAND

BOLAND, Frank Corrie

Service Numbers: 1100, R1100
Enlisted: 27 August 1914, Sydney
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia, 27 April 1874
Home Town: Lochinvar, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Lochinvar Public School and Maitland Boys' High School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Journalist
Died: War related, Dunwich, Queensland, Australia, 30 December 1924, aged 50 years
Cemetery: Dunwich Cemetery, Nth Stradbroke Island
MB2 - D - 643
Memorials: Lochinvar and Keinbah Districts War Memorial, Maitland High School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1100, 3rd Infantry Battalion, Sydney
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 1100, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 1100, 3rd Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1100, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
28 Feb 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 3rd Infantry Battalion
8 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, AIF Headquarters (Egypt)
8 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, AIF Headquarters (Egypt)
1 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, AIF Headquarters (Egypt)
29 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 1100, AIF Headquarters (Egypt), HT Nestor, Plymouth for return to Australia on escort duty - disembarking Sydney 9 March 1917
31 Oct 1917: Involvement SN R1100, 55th Infantry Battalion
31 Oct 1917: Embarked SN R1100, 55th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
2 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
1 Aug 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
8 May 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN R1100, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), HT Devanha, England for return to Australia - disembarking Sydney 26 June 1919
25 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN R1100, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

The son of Thomas Corrie Boland and Mary Anne Hynes, Francis Corrie Boland was born at Lochinvar, New South Wales in 1874. His father died when he was one year old and along with his two infant sisters was raised by his widowed mother on the family farm 'Oswald' on the Hunter River near Lochinvar.

Known as Frank, he attended primary school in Lochinvar and then the Maitland High School, matriculating in 1891. Although eligible to enrol at Sydney University he pursued a career in journalism with considerable success.

He had his first journalistic work with the "Daily Mail," London, from which office he enlisted for the Boer War, serving with the Imperial Yoemanry attaining the rank of Corporal. Subsequently he took up journalism in Johannesburg, coming later to Sydney, where he joined the staff of the "Evening News," and afterwards was employed on the "Age" and "Argus," in Melbourne.

Frank Boland was one of the original organising members of the Australian Journalists' Association in the stormy days of its institution in Melbourne in December, 1910 and he remained a full financial member until his death.

In 1913 he married Ruth Hyland Germaine in Melbourne.

He enlisted with the A.I.F. in August 1914 and took part in the Galipoli campaign and served in France and Belgium. After being evacuated from Gallipoli due to illness he was subsequently assigned to AIF headquarters in Egypt. In early 1917 he was returned to Australia for recuperation.

Returning overseas at the end of 1917 with reinforcements for the 55th Battalion he was assigned to administration within the Australian Flying Corps and promoted to Extra Regimental Sergeant. An accomplished linguist, he held an important liaison role between the French and British. 

Frank Boland returned to Australia in 1919 but his health continued to decline from his war experiences. In 1924 he moved to Brisbane, hoping the change would benefit his well-being. However, he suffered a complete break down in health and was admitted to the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum, where he died in December 1924.



Biography contributed by John Winterbotham

Frank Corrie Boland also served in Boer War - Regimental number: 8281 - Lance Corporal - C company, 49th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry.

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Source:# 175 Imp. Yeo. from Sydney.
Source:# 446 Narrabri West NSW.
URL1: 49Coy. 9Bn. Imp.Yeo.
URL2: New South Wales Rowing Association members who are already at the war in South Africa, or are on their way thither — AF FITZHARDINGE, Sydney; HDL WOODS and HH WATERS, North Sydney; FC BOLAND, East Sydney; H PODMORE, RICHARDSON and MCNEIL, Balmain.