Augustus Florentius Bosschart (Flor or Gus) STEPHENS

STEPHENS, Augustus Florentius Bosschart

Service Number: 942
Enlisted: 8 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, 17 December 1895
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: City of London School & Melbourne High School for Boys.
Occupation: Farm hand/Teaching Student
Died: Killed in Action, France, 21 November 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Picardie
Lot 3 Row S Grave 9,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 942, 31st Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
9 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 942, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 942, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
21 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 942, 31st Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Flor was born the eldest child to Reverend Henry and Adriana Bosschart Stephens. After finishing  school he commenced studies for School Teaching. He spoke seven European Languages fluently. He enlisted on 8th July 1915, training in Queensland and Egypt.

Whilst he was supposed to be an interpreter, Records read " No 942, Pte A.F.B.Stephens wa a Battalion Runner, and whilst on duty carrying a despatch he was mortally wounded by a shell to the head, 21/11/16".

Routine order number 1113 mentioned "He displayed coolness and courage in carrying messages under fire daily, inspiring others working with him".

This "Mention in Despatches" was never recognised in London by the Administrative Headquarters.

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