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BOESE Rudolph John (Dolphy)

Male 1919 - 1945  (26 years)


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  • Name BOESE Rudolph John (Dolphy) 
    Born 14 Jan 1919  Mackay, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Mar 1945  Sandakan, Borneo Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I862  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 22 Mar 2013 

    Father BOESE John Anglius (Angles),   b. 8 Sep 1892, Mackay, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1939, Brisbane, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother FARLEY Gertude Laura,   b. 1 Feb 1894, Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1945  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1912  Mackay, Qld Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Nov 1922 
    Photos
    Jack Boese and Gertrude Farley on their wedding day
    Jack Boese and Gertrude Farley on their wedding day
    Family ID F577  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Known as Dolphy

      Qld. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of QX23326 Private Rudolph John Boese, 2/26th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Boese, aged 26, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 29 March 1945. He was the son of John Angelus and Gertrude Laura Boese. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 15.

      Dolphy and his sisters were raised by their grandparents. When his sister, Greta, got married at 18 she then looked after Dolphy (he was 10) until he joined the army at 18 in Childers. He started work when he was 14. There were statutory declarations on his file because Greta had to prove she was a parent figure to be eligible for the War Gratuity after he died. It was really interesting to see things like his pay book. He had 520 pounds in the account, which was a fair bit of money in 1945!