Research and text by Brian Roote
Percy Boston was born in 1893 and baptised at St Peter’s Church, Streatham, on 21 February. His parents were Francis Walter and Anna Maria Greenwood Smith. They moved to Furze Lane, Purley.
Percy went to Vancouver on SS Empress of Britain on 18 March 1911, then from there to Sydney on 19 January 1914 on board SS Marama. He joined the 15th Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Imperial Force) and was sent on 10 April 1915 to become a casualty at the mayhem of Gallipoli on 10 May 1915. His Australian Casualty Form shows that the court of inquiry decided he was killed in action.
His personal effects sent to his father were Egyptian dagger, letters, photos, postcards, semaphore Alphabet cards, 2 language books, book on Heliopolis, Holy Bible, razor, sphinx curio, card case, pipe and a tin containing sleeve links, studs and a chain and key. He left his father £209. 17s 9d in his will.
He is remembered on the Lone Pine memorial, St Mark’s Church, Woodcote, memorial, Woodcote Green memorial and the family grave in Queens Road Cemetery, Croydon
Note:- his service records are available.