Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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15/12/2018 ‘Just a line in haste to say I am well and have stuck some very stiff marches in order to get here. We are getting nearer the danger zone every minute, in fact we are right up to it now, and shall have the honour of taking part in one of the greatest battles in the world’s history. I must face it bravely and do my part well, as the fate of the Empire and future generations depend on what is about to be done and how we do it. If you do not get a personal correspondence from me in a few days you may guess what has happened; but death’s sting will lose its sharpness if I am spared long enough to see old England’s troops carrying the positions and proving victorious once more.’
15/12/2018 A melancholy interest relates to a letter just received from Sergeant William Boyd, 2nd Battalion Irish Guards, whose death is reported. Boyd, who was a native of Pomeroy, was a police constable in Craven Street Barracks, Belfast, when he volunteered for the Guards. His last letter to a comrade in that station, on the eve of the recent great battle, contains the following passage:
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15/12/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th October 1915: Sergeant Boyd’s Last Wish
15/12/2018 The last hope of this splendid Ulsterman was granted. Mortally wounded by a shell storming the enemy position in a wood during the great advance, he was removed to Dieppe Hospital, where he lived long enough to hear the news of the great victory, and then he passed away quietly. The R.I.C. and the Army are poorer for his loss.
01/07/2018
01/07/2018 Constable William A W Boyd, who is a native of Mabuoy. Pomeroy, and at present stationed at Craven Street, Belfast, has volunteered for Kitchener’s Army. He has been accepted for active service on the Irish Guards, and leaves next week for Chesterham for a short training before joining the battalion in France. Constable Boyd has nine years’ service on the R.I.C., six years of which were in Counties Limerick and Down, and the last three in Belfast.
01/07/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 9th January 1915:
03/08/2017 GRONI records from Pomeroy are incomplete so, exact dates can only be speculated and it is possible he was born on 23rd March 1877 and that his mother’s maiden name swas Dolan.
03/08/2017 The 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 22 in Moboy, Killeenan. His mother was a widow.
03/08/2017 ‘However having failed to present himself for initiation in accordance with the Lodge by-law No 8 it was proposed and unanimously passed by the Lodge at a meeting on 27th September 1909 that William Boyd be initiated without a new ballot. He was subsequently initiated by Worshipful Brother Henning. The Fellow Craft Degree was conferred by Worshipful Brother George Auterson on 26th October 1909. Master Mason Degree was again conferred by Worshipful Brother George Auterson. On 11th July 1911 Brother William Boyd received his Grand Lodge Certificate.’
03/08/2017 William Boyd, Police Constable RIC Newry, joined the Newry branch of the Masonic Lodge , No. 79 in 1909.
03/08/2017 It seems his father, John Boyd, died on 22nd February 1907 in the Pomeroy area, aged 68.
03/08/2017 William served in Limerick and Newry as a Police Constable with the Royal Irish Constabulary.
03/08/2017 Known family: John David Boyd, Eliza Boyd, Thomas Boyd 24 (born about 1877), Robert Boyd 22 (born about 1879), Annie Boyd 20 (born about 1881), William Boyd (born about 1887)
03/08/2017 Lance Sergeant William Boyd was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was severely wounded by shell fire in the attack that followed during the Battle of Loos.
03/08/2017 William Boyd was the son of John David and Eliza Boyd. William was born about 1887 near Pomeroy.
03/08/2017 The 1901 census does not list William as living with the family at house 36 in Moboy, Killeenan, County Tyrone. His father was a farmer.
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03/08/2017 Constable W A Boyd, late of Newry R.I.C., who has joined the Irish Guards for active service. While stationed in the Frontier Town, Constable Boyd, who is a native of County Tyrone, proved an extremely popular officer, and carries with him the best wishes of the community for a safe return.
03/08/2017
03/08/2017 Constable William Boyd left Newry and was based at Craven Street Barracks, Belfast.
03/08/2017 Sergeant W Boyd, Irish Guards, who died of wounds, received in Flanders, was one of the members of the Belfast Police Force who volunteered for service a few months ago. His relatives live near Pomeroy, and prior to coming to Belfast, he had served in Newry and Limerick.
03/08/2017 William Boyd enlisted with the Irish Guards. His RIC Service number was 61803 and his Guards Service number was 6453.
03/08/2017 From an unknown newspaper: Sergeant W Boyd
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03/08/2017 The CWGC record Lance Sergeant William Boyd as the son of Eliza Boyd of Mabuoy, Pomeroy, County Tyrone, and the late John David Boyd
03/08/2017 Lance Sergeant W Boyd is buried in Janval Cemetery in Dieppe in France.
03/08/2017 Lance Sergeant William Boyd was taken to hospital in Dieppe, but he died of his wounds there on Wednesday 6th October 1915.
03/08/2017 From an unknown newspaper: Constable W A Boyd
30/12/2015 A melancholy interest attaches to a letter just received from Sergeant William Boyd, Irish Guards, who died in hospital in Dieppe from wounds received in a recent advance. Boyd, who was a native of Pomeroy, was a police constable in Belfast, when he volunteered. His last letter to a comrade in that station, on the eve of the recent great battle, contains the following:
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30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier dated 21 October 1915: Pomeroy Soldier’s Last Letter
30/12/2015 “Just a line in haste to say I am well and have stuck some very stiff marches in order to get here. We are getting nearer the danger zone every minute, in fact we are right up to it now, and shall have the honor of taking part in one of the greatest battles in the world’s history. I must face it bravely and do my part well, as the fate of the Empire and future generations depend on what is about to be done and how we do it. If you do not get a personal correspondence from me in a few days you may guess what has happened; but death’s sting will lose its sharpness if I am spared long enough to see old England’s troops carrying the positions and proving victorious once more.”
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