Behind the Street Name - Boustead

November 14, 2022

Did you know that every street in Lucas is named after a soldier or nurse who fought during World War 1?

These brave service personnel are commemorated along the Avenue of Honour, and we want to share their stories with the Lucas community.

Boustead Street, located in the Lucas Parkside neighbourhood, honours brothers William and Owen Boustead.

William Herbert Boustead was a 21-year-old from Dana Street in Ballarat when he enlisted on February 2nd, 1915. He trained with the 6th Field Ambulance and embarked from Melbourne on the Ajana on June 4th.

He disembarked in France in March 1916. In April of 1917 he transferred to the 2nd Australian General Hospital and served through the war with nothing more than a couple of bouts of minor illness.

In April 1919 he left England as a member of the nursing staff aboard the Marathon, reaching Melbourne on June 7th.

Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Clerk by trade, Owen Tudor Boustead was 19 years and single when enlisted on the 16th of April 1915 in the 23rd Battalion, Headquarters, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private.

His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 'Euripides' on the 10th of May 1915.

On the 21st of February 1918 admitted Debility and was listed as returned to Australia per H.T. 'Marathon' 'Nursing Staff' ex England on the 19th of April 1919 and disembarked on the 7th of June 1919 with the Termination of Period of Enlistment and discharged on the 6th of August 1919.

Thank you to Garry Snowden, president of the Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee, for providing this information.

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