Claude Arthur Boone

Born: 6 July 1885

Died: 19 July 1916

"I saw in orders the other night the sad fate of Claud Boone my old Rowing Club skipper. He had just joined his Battalion as a Second Lieut. He was one of the finest chaps it has been my lot to meet. I feel very much for his home folk." 
Stanley Hayne, in his diary, 5 August 1916.

A clerk, and member of the Mosman Rowing Club, prior to enlisting in August 1915, he embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Nestor (A71) with the 16th Reinforcements on 9 April 1916. He joined the 54th Battalion at Suez on 30 May 1916 and arrived in France on 29 June 1916. 2 Lt Boone was killed in action at the Battle of Fromelles, France, on 19 July 1916 when a shell exploded in a trench occupied by his unit. He was 31 years of age. His brother 27188 Gunner Lionel Jack Boone, 26th Battery, returned to Australia but died in 1924.
Source: AWM P08200.002

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