James Butler Boyd

From Our Contribution

James Butler Boyd
Personal Information
Date of Birth 26 May 1912
Place of Birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Death 29 Jul 1977, aged 65
Place of Death Rivervale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 29 years 11 months
Description 5'5¾" (1.68m) tall ; ; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Brickmaker
Religion Church of England
Address Clifton road, Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin wife , Mrs Gertrude Elizabeth Boyd
Military Information
Reg Number W62275 & WX36811
Date of Enlistment 22 Apr 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Australian Infantry Battalion (City of Perth Regiment)
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 25 Nov 1944 ‒ 3 Dec 1944
Transport Details USAT Jane Addams Darwin to Jacquinot Bay, New Guinea
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 15 Apr 1945 ‒ 21 Apr 1945
Transport Details HMT Taroona Jacquinot Bay to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

During 1935 James married Gertrude Elizabeth Brockwell. Gertrude died on 19 Jun 1989 in Thornlie, aged 82. Immediately prior to the war James was employed at the Byford State brickworks.

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at 88 Edward street, East Perth, labourer; 1937 at 41 Burt street, Boulder, labourer; 1943 Byford, labourer.

War Service

Enlisted in the CMF on 26 Apr 1942, he was called up for full time duty on 20 Jul 1942, and sent to the 13th Training Battalion at Northam camp. Following the completion of his training he was posted on 6 Feb 1943 to the 11th Australian Infantry Battalion (City of Perth Regiment) classified as a Driver Mechanic. On 21 Feb 1943 the unit left for South Australia, and from there the Northern Territory, arriving there on 10 Mar 1943. Soon after arrival in the Northern Territory he transferred to the 2nd AIF on 15 Apr 1943. On 1 Jul 1943 he was granted Proficiency Pay.

From 28 Oct until 12 Nov 1943 he was detached to the 12th Division Reception Camp as a driver, and from 22 Nov 1943 until 12 Dec 1943 he was detached to the 128th Brigade Workshops. James was granted home leave from Adelaide River between 27 Feb and 23 Mar 1944. On 25 Nov 1944 he embarked on the USAT Jane Addams in Darwin for Jacquinot Bay in New Guinea where he disembarked on 3 Dec 1944. Returning to Australia, James embarked on the HMT Taroona at Jacquinot Bay on 15 Apr 1945, and disembarked in Brisbane on 21 Apr 1945. On 24 May 1945 while on leave he entered the 109th Australian Convalescent Depot with dermatitis and acne problems. The result was a medical reclassification to B1 "Skin".

Discharged from 109th Australian Convalescent Depot on 3 Jul 1945, rather than return to his unit, he was discharged on 5 Jul 1945.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at 204 Boulder road Hannans, labourer; 1958 at 147 Shaftsbury avenue, Bedford, truck driver; 1963 at 52 Ninth avenue, Maylands, labourer; 1968 at 64 Railway parade, Bassendean, labourer; 1972 at 7 Brickyard Cottages, Armadale, labourer; 1977 at 181 Armadale road, Rivervale, retired


External Links