L/Cpl Edward Roy Boyce, 1st Field Company, Military Medal

Background 

Lance-Corporal Boyce has been a bulldozer operator with 2nd Canadian Field Park Company, Royal Canadian Engineers since the assault landing of 1 Canadian Infantry Division in Sicily on 10 July 1943. Throughout the campaigns in Sicily, Italy and Holland he has continually displayed a high standard of courage and devotion to duty. Never has Lance-Corporal Boyce failed to carry out his duties in a thoroughly reliable and competent manner. His cool, efficient operation of his machine, on numerous occasions in the face of heavy enemy fire, has ben an inspiration to his fellow Sappers. When 1 Canadian Infantry Division assaulted across the Ijssel River on 11 April 1945, Lance-Corporal Boyce, with no previous experience in the operation of this type of machine volunteered to operate and airborne bulldozer which crossed the river with the leading infantry. In the face of intense and accurate enemy fire, Lance-Corporal Boyce cleared many obstacles on the far bank and assisted immediately in the successful crossing of the river. The outstanding operation of mechanical equipment by this soldier has been of great assistance in engineering operations of 1 Canadian Infantry Division.