The son of H. W. Boger, William Otway Boger, a native of Winnipeg, enlisted at Canterbury on 26 July 1915. Having attended the Royal Military College from August 1913 to November 1914, he was sent overseas with Lord Strathcona's Horse of the Canadian (Reserve) Cavalry Regiment. He was seconded for duty with the Royal Flying Corps on 15 November 1916. He scored 5 victories in the summer of 1918.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) William Otway Boger (Strathcona's Horse).
This officer has taken part in twenty-eight offensive patrols and twelve combats, accounting for four enemy aeroplanes—two destroyed in flames and two driven down out of control. As a leader he shows marked coolness and bravery, notably on a recent patrol when, as he was leading his four machines, he saw nine Pfalz scouts. Unable to rise to their height he led his patrol just beneath them in order to tempt them to attack. As the enemy did not respond he repeated the manoeuvre; the scouts then came down, and in the engagement one was shot down out of control. Reforming his patrol he met two more scouts, one of which, he destroyed in flames.