Lieutenant Leslie Boully

Lieutenant Leslie Boully (1905), DCM, was killed in action near Lens on 5 August 1917. The circumstances of the deed which won for Lieutenant Boully the Dis­tinguished Conduct Medal are recorded in the following official report:

He took command of and reorganised two platoons after all the officers had become casualties. Later he went out under very heavy fire, and rescued two wounded men.

On leaving school he, with a mate, went into the far north of Queensland seeking adventure and a career. Leslie became noted as a fine horseman and smart cattle man. He was a first-class bushman, and one of the most popular fellows. He was best known on the Valley of Lagoons, where he was held in the highest esteem for his many good qualities as a bushman and a gentleman. Later, Lieutenant Boully, attracted by the unconventional freedom of the "Nor West" joined a relative in the pearling industry at Broome, West Australia. While he was getting an insight into the adventurous pearling life, he heard the call of Empire, and hurried off to Perth to enlist in the 16th Battalion (WA).

First year at Wesley 1905
Personal information Memorial lectern in Adamson Hall
Date enlisted 9/02/1915
Unit enlisted 16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements - Service Number 1984
Service details Killed by shell fire in at Gapaard (east of Messines) while in an outpost on the line. DCM awarded for bravery in 1st Bullecourt (April 1917) - took command of two companies.
Date of death 05/08/1917 - 25 years of age
Unit details 16th Battalion
Cemetery/Memorial place Messines Ridge British Cemetery - Plot 5 Row A Grave 5
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