ROBERT CRAWFORD RODGER BOYD was born 21 Nov 1893 at Allan Bank, Fairlie, to parents William Dickie
(ships carpenter) and Margaret Rodger (who married in
Largs on 12 Jun 1890). He was christened 31 Dec 1893 at Fairlie Free
Church. He died 15 May 1972 in Perth,
Australia, and the family stone in Largs Cemetery includes the inscription
"also R.C.R. Boyd, died at Perth, W. Australia on 15 May, 1972"
A passenger list shows he emigrated to Australia,
traveling London/Sydney on 27 Mar 1924 (aged
30, farmer, Allanbank, Fairlie)
In the1901 Census, Robert, aged 7, 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 David (9), Margt K (5) and
Isabella C (3)
the 1911 Census, he is possibly a shepherd,
servant at Thirdpart Farm, Skelmorlie (Robert R.,
aged 17, b. Largs).
SERVICE RECORD Embodied into the Royal
Veterinary Corps on 29 Oct 1915 (aged 21, agricultural student, nok father
William Dickie Boyd, Meadowside, Sandbank, Dunoon), and appointed
Sergeant on 18 Dec 1915. He served with
Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, disembarking in Alexandria on 11 Mar 1916;
on 23 Jun 1918, he was discharged to a temporary commission with the R.H. &
R.F.A. From 8 Jul 1918 to 19 Apr 1919,
he served in Cyprus, Palestine and Cairo; he was discharged 5 Aug 1919. He received the British War and Victory
Extracts:- Largs & Millport Weekly News, 10 March 1915 Two Fairlie students are due congratulations. Mr. R.C.R. Boyd, at the recent examinations
of the West of Scotland Agricultural College, gained a first in Agricultural
Law and a second in Agricultural Engineering, and also the College Diploma of
Agriculture; and Mr. Dunlop Hunter jnr., who is employed by Messrs. Fryers and
Penman, Architects, has for the second year in succession carried the prize in
the building construction class at Ardrossan Academy.
Record, 14 September 1915 Dairy School Students: Results of examinations at the
Dairy School, Holmes Farm, Kilmarnock have just been announced. The following students have passed for the
Senior Certificate and pro tanto for the College Diploma:- Robert R.C. Boyd,
Largs & Millport Weekly News, 10 August 1918
Congratulations to 2nd Lieut. Robert C. Boyd, second son of Mr. W.D.
Boyd, Allanbank, on his promotion to the commissioned rank.