David BOYD

Regiment:               The Royal Scots, 5th Btn  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 15449  

29 January 1892; Fairlie  

                      1977; Largs  

Brother of Robert C.R. Boyd

DAVID BOYD was born 29 Jan 1892 in Fairlie, to parents William Dickie (ships carpenter) and Margaret Rodger (who married in Largs on 12 Jun 1890).  He was christened 20 Mar 1892 at Fairlie Free Church.  He died in 1977 in Largs, aged 85.  

In the 1901 Census, David, aged 9, is living at Bourtrees, Fairlie in household of grandfather Robert Rodger (80, shepherd, b. Fairlie) with parents Wm. D. Boyd (40, ship carpenter, b. Fairlie) and Margt. R. (43, b. Fairlie), and siblings Robert CR (7), Margt K (5) and Isabella C (3)  

In the 1911 Census. aged 19 and an  apprentice gardener (dom.), he’s living Allanbank, Fairlie with parents Wm Dickie (50, Ships Carpenter) and Margt (53, married 20 years, 4 children).    

Attested Pte 15449 The Royal Scots, 5th Btn. 14 Sep 1914 (aged 22, gardener at Fairlieburne for James Tennant); served 14 Sep 1914 to 9 Oct 1914 at home but was discharged 09 Oct 1914 as medically unfit (sciatica).  He appears to have re-enlisted in 1917 (possibly in the Black Watch as this is the regiment given on the Roll of Honour), as the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported him on leave from training on 6 Oct 1917, and from the Western Front on 7 Sep 1918.  No medal index card found, but if he served overseas he would have received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

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.  

7 September 1918      
Quite a few of our local soldier lads are on leave from the Western Front at present.  Amongst them we note Dvr. J.M. Currie, H.D.A.C.; Sergt Hugh P. Burden D.C.M., R.S.F.; L.Cpl. Norman Stewart, 72nd Canadian Seaforths; Sapper William McNeur, R.E.; Pte. David Boyd (Allanbank); Pte. D. Campbell (Hawthorn Cottage), A&SH; also Pte. George Miller, H.L.I., from a training camp in England

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