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Christie Harold Boyce
Private - Service Number 12/1563

Christie Harold Boyce was born on the 17th of April 1893.  His parents, Charles and Sarah Jane Boyce settled in Cambridge in 1884 and Charles was the fourth son out of 11 children.  He was educated at the local district high school and worked for some three years in the Town Hall office.  He then worked in Palmerston North as a clerk in a mercantile house, returning to Cambridge to work on the staff of The Waikato Independent.
Christie enlisted in Cambridge and joined the infantry in the Auckland Regiment.  After training he left as part of the Third reinforcements embarking from Wellington on the 14th of February, 1915.  He arrived in Egypt, at Port Suez at the end of March.  Christie was wounded in the Gallipoli landings and was then evacuated to hospital in Alexandria, Egypt. Unfortunately he died of his wounds on the 3rd of May, 1915.  He is buried there in grave  C188 in the Alexandria (Chatby) Military Memorial.  Christie was the first known Cambridge casualty in the Great War. The obituary for Christie Boyce, appeared in the local press on the 8th of May, 1915. The flag at the school was flown at half-mast, and the next day, ten of his chums signed up.