JOHN BOYDwas born 04 Oct 1880 at Burnfoot, Fairlie, to parents
William, a ships carpenter, and Jessie Fraser (who
married 29 Dec 1871).
He died at Greenock Royal Infirmary on 18 Oct 1948 of coronary
thrombosis (aged 68, single, joiner (ret.), residence Red House,
Burnfoot, Fairlie) – the informant is his
sister Mina of the same address. He is buried in
Largs Cemetery (X61B, inscription “our brother
John Boyd d. 18 October 1948 aged 67”).
In the 1881 Census, John, aged 6m, is living Burnfoot,
Fairlie with parents William (40, b. Largs, ship
carpenter) and Jessie (36, b.
Campbeltown), and siblings Archibald M (11), Alexander (6),
Agnes W (4)
In the 1891 Census, aged 10, he is living The Gondola,
Fairlie, with widowed mother Jessie Boyd (46,
annuitant) and siblings Agnes (14,
domestic servant), Willimina (7) and Ninian (7). Note – father William drowned
in 1883, crew of the Amy.
In the 1901 Census, John, aged 20 and a house joiner,
is living Burnfoot House, Fairlie with mother Jessie (57,
living on own means) and siblings Agnes (24), Ninian (17) and Mina (17).
In the 1911 Census his mother and siblings are living
Red House, Fairlie, but John is not in the household.
SERVICE DETAILS The Largs & Millport
Weekly News reported that he joined the 2nd Glasgow Battalion on 22
Oct 1914. He was wounded in the early
days of the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.
His medal index card shows first theatre of war entered was France on 23
Nov 1915, and he was demobilized 11 May 1919.
He received the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals.
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
24 October 1914 The roll of honour still grows.
Yesterday, Thursday, John Boyd, Burnfoot, joined the 2nd Glasgow
8 July 1916 Mrs Boyd, Red House, Burnfoot, Fairlie, has received
word that her son, Private John Boyd, H.L.I., has been wounded in the recent
advance, and is lying in hospital in France.
We are sure Johnnie’s many Fairlie friends all hope he may have a speedy
15 July 1916 Private John Boyd, H.L.I., who was wounded in the
recent fighting, has been removed to an infirmary in Leicester. Private Boyd, who was wounded in the thigh,
has been able to write home. He has the
best wishes of the villagers for a speedy recovery.
7 October 1916 Private John Boyd, H.L.I., who was wounded in the
early days of the Battle of the Somme, is home on sick furlough. We are glad to learn he is making a most
2 April 1920 Last Friday evening a large audience congregated in
the Village Hall to hear Mr. John Boyd lecture on the subject of "The
Attitude of the British Public to the Returned Service Men". Mr. Boyd, who is one of our local war veterans
took up the cudgels strongly on the behalf of the unemployed ex-soldier, and
his difficulties in obtaining work.
Although the speaker had nothing new to tell us, no doubt a useful
purpose may be served by rubbing it in.