Regiment: Royal Air Force Formerly
Royal Flying Corps
Rank & Number: Lieutenant-Colonel
Born: 08 July 1884;
Shewalton, Dundonald, Ayrshire
September 1974; Stranraer, Wigtonshire
Other: Mentioned In Despatches
Service Order Commander Order of the British Empire Brother
of The Hon. James, The Hon. Alan and
Patrick, Earl of Glasgow
THE HON. JOHN DAVID BOYLE (known as Jack) was born 08 Jul 1884 in Shewalton, Dundonald, Ayrshire,
to parents David, 7th Earl of Glasgow, and Dorothea Elizabeth
Thomasina Hunter Blair (who married on 23
July 1873). He died on 25
Sep 1974 in Stranraer, Wigtonshireand is buried in Largs
Cemetery. The inscription reads “Air
Commodore the Hon. J.D. Boyle, C.B.E., D.S.O., third son of David, 7th Earl of
He married firstly on 9 Dec 1913 at Kensington,
London, Margaret Ethel Hodges (who died 1932), and secondly on 4 October 1934 at Marylebone, London, Marie Gibb. He had two children with his first wife -
Richard (who was killed during the crossing of the Rhine in
1945) and Peter Norman (who
was killed in an air crash in 1960)
In the 1891 Census, John, aged 6, is living at Kelburn
Castle, Fairlie with parents David, Earl of Glasgow (57,
b. Edinburgh, Convenor of Ayrshire, retired RN Captain)
and Dorothea, Countess of Glasgow (40, b.
Edinburgh), and siblings Edward G (15), Augusta (14),
Alice (13), Dorothy (12), James (11), and Alan (4)
the 1911 Census, aged 26, he is living 9 Montpellier
Square SW, Mayfair & Knightsbridge, London with parents David, Earl of
Glasgow (78) and Dora, Countess of
Glasgow (60), and brother Alan (24)
SERVICE DETAILS Named in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of
Honour in December 1914 (Boyle, Capt. Honourable J.D., Fairlie Craig,
Fairlie, Flying Corps). His
medal index card shows he was a Captain in the Royal Flying Corps and
Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Air Force, and the first theatre of war entered
was France in December 1914. He received
the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals; was mentioned twice in
despatches, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 4/6/1917,
was made a Cavalier of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus (Italian
honour) on 2/11/1918, and was invested as Commander, Order of the British
Empire (CBE) on 3/6/1919. He remained
with the Royal Air Force after the war, attaining the rank of Air Commodore,
and retired at his own request.
from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
26 December 1914 The Countess of Glasgow left Fairlie on
Tuesday night on a visit to her son, Lieut. the Hon. John Boyle, who is
proceeding to the front.
27 February 1915
the Hon. J.D. Boyle, Royal Flying Corps, arrived home from the front for a few
hours furlough on Tuesday. He left again
last night, Thursday.
6 January 1917 Major
the Hon. John Boyle, the brother of the Earl of Glasgow, who is a distinguished
officer in the Royal Flying Corps, has been promoted to the rank of Lieut.
24 May 1917
the Hon. J.D. Boyle, son of the Dowager Countess of Glasgow, was mentioned in
Sir Douglas Haig’s recent dispatches.
This is the second time that Colonel Boyle has been mentioned in Sir
Douglas Haig’s dispatches
9 June 1917 Lieut.-Colonel
the Hon. John David Boyle, Royal Flying Corps, second surviving son of the
Dowager Countess of Glasgow, who was recently for the second time mentioned in
dispatches, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for services in
6 October 1917 Lieut.-Colonel
the Hon. John D. Boyle, D.S.O., Royal Flying Corps, arrived in Fairlie at the
end of last week on a short visit to the Dowager Countess of Glasgow at the
Craig. The gallant Colonel, who has been
in France almost since the commencement of the war, is looking very fit and is
optimistic of the early collapse of the enemy.
Colonel. Boyle had a speedy journey from France to London, having flown
over in an hour and a half.
30 November 1918
the Hon. John D. Boyle (Rifle Brigade, attached to the R.A.F.), son of the
Dowager Countess of Glasgow, has been made a Cavalier of the Order of St.
Maurice and St. Lazarus of Italy.