Beresford Reginald (Barry) CARR-BOYD

CARR-BOYD, Beresford Reginald

Service Number: NX22438
Enlisted: 29 May 1940, Paddington New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Manly, New South Wales, Australia, 30 April 1918
Home Town: Manly, Manly Vale, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sharebrokers Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Kumawa, New Guinea, 7 October 1943, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Plot JJ, Row B, Grave 10 Roll of Honour Manly, Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Manly War Memorial NSW
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Corporal, NX22438
29 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Corporal, NX22438, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
29 May 1940: Enlisted Paddington New South Wales
10 Apr 1941: Involvement NX22438, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, Siege of Tobruk
23 Oct 1942: Involvement 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
7 Oct 1943: Involvement Corporal, NX22438, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns
7 Oct 1943: Involvement Corporal, NX22438, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Beresford Reginald CARR-BOYD was born on 30th April, 1918 in Manly, NSW

His parents were David CARR-BOYD & Kathleen Myra ROWLEY who married in Sydney in 1910

He was Killed in Action in New Guinea on 7th October 1943 - his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial & the Roll of Honour in Manly


His father David CARR-BOYD served in WW2 (SN N99027) & was discharged in 1947

Two of his brothers also served in WW2

1. Alan David CARR-BOYD (SN NX48929) discharged 1945

2. Lionel Rowley CARR-BOYD (SN 138502) discharged 1946


Biography contributed by Jeffrey Crisdale

On page 249 of the book "A History of 2/17 Australian Infantry Battalion 1940-1945" in the JIVEVANENG-KUMAWA battle chapter there is the following quote by Corporal Les Garner - 

"The enemy used a rifle bomber who sent over three grenades to the far end of our positions, one of which landed a yard from the MG and killed Cpl Carr-Boyd who died with his Owen gun in his hand facing the enemy. Two of the MG section were wounded. Pte Carpenter manned the Vickers gun and although he and Pte Darel Luck were crammed in a small hole with the body of Cpl Carr-Boyd, they continued with effective fire on to the enemy."  



2/17 Battalion

Rank - Corporal

Son of David and Kathleen Myra Carr-Boyd, of Balgowlah, New South Wales