DAVID CRANSTON BOYDwas 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)
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)
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
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
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.