Robert Percival Roy (Roy) BOLGER MM

BOLGER, Robert Percival Roy

Service Number: 6427
Enlisted: 19 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Sergeant
Last Unit: 12th Field Ambulance
Born: Encounter Bay, South Australia, 12 December 1891
Home Town: Encounter Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway shunter (S.A.R.)
Died: Natural Causes, Myrtle Bank, South Australia, 15 August 1992, aged 100 years
Cemetery: Dudley Park Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Hamley Bridge District WW1 Roll of Honor, Hindmarsh WW1 Roll of Honour Heroes of the Great War, Victor Harbor Congregational Church Roll of Honor, Victor Harbor War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6427, 4th Field Ambulance, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6427, 4th Field Ambulance, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6427, 4th Field Ambulance, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
29 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 12th Field Ambulance
7 Jul 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 6427, 12th Field Ambulance

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Biography

"...6427 Lance Corporal Robert Perciful Roy (Roy) Bolger MM, 12th Field Ambulance. A shunter from Encounter Bay, SA prior to enlistment, L Cpl Bolger enlisted with the rank of Private with the 12th Reinforcements, 4th Field Ambulance from Adelaide on RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915. Later transferring to the 8th Field Ambulance and then to the 12th Field Ambulance he was promoted to Lance Corporal. On 5th April 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal. The citation reads "L Cpl Bolger showed exceptional courage and devotion to duty under very heavy shell fire while carrying wounded from the RAP about three quarters of a mile south-east of Millencourt, west of Albert. Shortly after the commencement of the enemy attack about 7 a.m. he continued to carry for many hours and when the other members of his squad were too fatigued to carry on he continued his work under heavy shell fire with fresh helpers. His disregard of personal danger and his cheery optimism under the most trying of conditions inspired his fellow bearers to greater efforts and he was at all times a source of comfort to the wounded." Later promoted to Lance Sergeant, he returned to Australia on 6 May 1920" - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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