Regiment:                Cameron Highlanders, 5th Btn
                                Formerly Cameron Highlanders 1st Btn
                                Formerly Lovat Scouts  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 203473 (CH, 5th)
                                Private, S/26715 (CH, 1st)  

01 September 1899; Planetree House, Fairlie  

                        Not Known



was born 01 Sep 1899 at Planetree House, Fairlie, to parents David, a ship carpenter, and Kate McKinnon (who married in Campsie on 2 Jan 1894).  He was christened 1 Oct 1899 at Fairlie Free Church.   

He was a member of Fairlie Boy Scouts from its formation in 1912, until his enlistment in 1915.  

In the 1901 Census, John, aged 1, is living Planetree House, Fairlie with parents David (48, shipwright) and Kate (33, b Inverness-shire) and siblings Annie and Nellie.  The family are still living Planetree House in the 1911 Census – John (10), parents David (57, ship carpenter) and Kate (42, m. 16 years, 6 children), and siblings Annie, Nellie, Duncan, David and James Reid    

Enlisted Lovat Scouts 23 Oct 1915, transferred Cameron Highlanders 5 Dec 1916, and served with the British Expeditionary Force from 5 Dec 1916 to 3 Feb 1917.  He was sent home as underage on 4 Feb 1917, and returned to serve in France on 23 Apr 1918 until he was wounded in action 28 Oct 1918.  He was discharged 10 Feb 1919 (Silver War Badge; gunshot wounds in both legs).  His medal index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

30 October 1915        

On Wednesday, John Boyd, Paragon, left the village to join the Lovat Scouts.  John is only 16 years of age, but a fine big fellow and will make a splendid soldier.  He is a popular member of the Boy Scouts.  

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.  

16 November 1918     

Pte. John Boyd, Cameron Highlanders, who was wounded recently in France, has been removed to hospital in England.  His injuries consist of a bullet wound in the leg, and we are glad to learn that he is making good progress towards recovery.

Picture Courtesy of Robin Newton

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