David Cranston BOYD

Regiment:               Royal Engineers, 8th Prov. Coy.
                               Formerly Northumberland Fusiliers, Scottish
                               Horse, Royal Highlanders & Scottish Rifles  

Rank & Number:    
Pioneer 603724 (RE); D/23890 (SH);
                               S/91602 (RH); 29096 (SR) 

27 April 1898; Fairlie  

Died:                       Not Known  


DAVID CRANSTON BOYD was born 27 Apr 1898 in Fairlie, to parents Thomas and Jemima Cruchen.  He was christened 5 Jun 1898 at Fairlie Free Church.   

He was a member of Fairlie Boy Scouts from its formation in 1912; noted in the Scout log-book in 1916 as aged 16, apprentice gardener, nickname “Tommy B’yd”.  

In the 1901 Census, David, aged 2, is living Clederion, Fairlie with parents Thomas (32, b. Fairlie, house & ship joiner) and Jemima (32, b. Gourock), and sister Kate (4)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 12 and living Arran View, Bay Street, Fairlie with parents Thomas (42, house and ship joiner) and Jemima (42, m 15 years, 2 children)    

Enlisted Scottish Rifles 17 Nov 1916 (aged 18, app. gardener, nok mother Mrs. J. Boyd, Arran View, Fairlie); transferred Black Watch 3 May 1917; transferred Scottish Horse 7 Feb 1918; transferred Northumberland Fusiliers at Ballycannon Camp, Limerick 7 Aug 1918; retained and posted armies of occupation at Clandeboye, N.I. from 1 Feb 1919.  Hospitalised 9 Mar 1919 to 15 Mar 1919 with hysterical fits; discharged no longer physically fit 3 Jun 1919 (Silver War Badge)

Note -
The Northumberland Fusiliers 1st, 2nd & 3rd Garrison Batteries of officers and men were unfit for active service but considered fit for garrison duty at home and overseas.  The 3rd Garrison Battery served in Ireland

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

9 January 1915          
Fairlie Boy Scouts:  Fairlie Boy Scouts left last Saturday afternoon to take up duty for a month at Garmouth, Elginshire.  The patrol is made up of  Rev. D.C.C. Gollan, John Miller, William Newcombe, David Boyd, Robert Miller, Fairlie; D. McLachlan, West Kilbride.  On New Year’s Eve, the Troop was entertained to supper at Fairlie Craig by Lady Glasgow.  Her Ladyship and Mrs Cunninghame presented Cardigan jackets and mufflers, and Mrs Chevalier Parker, Mrs Chichester and Miss Parker, The Gondola, kindly presented helmets and extra blankets to the boys and also comforts to the Scoutmaster.  

6 October 1917
Several of our soldier lads were home on leave for the weekend from their training camps.  Amongst them we noticed Bdr. Wm. Wilson, R.F.A., Pte. James Brown, H.L.I., Pte. David Boyd, Black Watch, Pte. John Boyd, Cameron Highlanders.  They are all looking fit.

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