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6453   Lance Sergeant William Boyd
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 23/03/1887
Died: 06/10/1915 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 28
William Boyd was the son of John David and Eliza Boyd. William was born about 1887 near Pomeroy. His father was a farmer. William served in Limerick, Newry and Belfast with the Royal Irish Constabulary. 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. He was taken to hospital in Dieppe, but he died of his wounds there on Wednesday 6th October 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Janval Cemetery
  Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 1-A-6
CWGC Casualty 238919
Dieppe is a seaport at the mouth of the River Arques. Janval is one of the suburbs of Dieppe and the 'Cimetiere de Janval' is one of the town cemeteries. It is situated to the south-west of the port area. From the town square, the Place du Martyrs, head south on the Avenue Gambetta (direction Rouen), then take the 3rd exit on your right into the Avenue Boucher-de-Perthes. The cemetery entrance is at the end of this road on the Rue Montigny. A CWGC sign is at the entrance of the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 93
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1 1901 Census lists Boyd family 1901 census does not list William as living with the family at house 36 in Moboy, Killeenan, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Boyd family 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 22 in Moboy, Killenan, Tyrone
3 Masonic Lodges, County Down Member of Masonic Lodge 79, Newry
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Presbyterian ROH Pomeroy William Boyd. Killed in action.
6 St Patrick’s Masonic Lodge No 79 Details of Lance Sergeant William Boyd
7 The Irish Guards / RIC Forum discussion listing casualties both RIC and Irish Guards. photos.
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lance Sergeant William Boyd's grave can be purchased here
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