Robert Crawford Rodger BOYD

Regiment:                Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery
                                Formerly Royal Army Veterinary Corps  

Rank & Number:     
2nd Lieutenant (RHRFC)
                                Sergeant, TT/02691 (RAVC)  

21 November 1893; Allan Bank, Fairlie  

                       15 May 1972; Perth, Australia  

                      Brother of David Boyd

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)  

In the 1911 Census, he is possibly a shepherd, servant at Thirdpart Farm, Skelmorlie (Robert R., aged 17, b. Largs).    

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 medals.

Newspaper 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.  

Daily 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, Allanbank, Fairlie.  

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.

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