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  cap badgeLance Corporal Adam Boyd

6th (Service) Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/11391

Adam Boyd grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Elizabeth Boyd. Adam's Will dated 08/07/1915 left everything to his younger brother Wallace Boyd c/o Richardson, 7 Adelaide St, Gourock. Adam's brother Private Wallace Boyd, 34th Machine Gun Corps (119060) - Husband of Matilda Edgar McKimm Boyd (09/03/1896- ), 2 John Wood St., Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire. Employed in the Torpedo Factory. Brother of Adam, John and William. Leaves a widow and two children, Wallace Boyd born 04/05/1916 and Thomas McKimm Boyd born 28/03/1918. Formerly 46698 Royal Scots. Killed in action - 16/04/1918 aged 25. Buried - Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave Reference Sp. Mem. B. 2. (Wallace is NOT listed on the Memorial). From the 1901 Census - Address - 9 Adelaide St, Inverkip, Gourock - William Boyd aged 38, Elizabeth Boyd aged 36, Adam Boyd aged 15, John Boyd aged 13, William Boyd aged 11, Wallace Boyd aged 8. Adam's brother Wallace's Pension was awarded to his wife Matilda of 7 Willisons Lane, Port Glasgow on the 09/11/1918. Their 2 sons are also listed.

Born / Resided

Greenock / 20 Baird St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 09/10/1916 at the Battle of Transloy (Battle of the Somme)




Clyde Tube Works.



Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 15 B), Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

Adam and the Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 10/07/1915 and were part of the 45th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. The Battle of Le Transloy (Battle of the Somme), 1st – 18th of October 1916 : A period of fighting in terrible weather in which the heavy, clinging, chalky Somme mud and the freezing, flooded battlefield became as formidable an enemy as the Germans. The British gradually pressed forward, still fighting against numerous counter-attacks, in an effort to have the front line on higher ground from which the offensive could be renewed in 1917. Adam is listed as PRIVATE on the Coatbridge Memorial. He is also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos). Both brothers are also remembered on the Gourock War Memorial x 2 (see photos). See photos for Adam's Medal Index Card, Newspaper clippings for Adam and the Boyd brothers x 4 (another photo of Adam, his brother Wallace listed and 3 In Memoriam poems left by Wallace's Widow and children and 2 sets of Aunt's and Uncle's) , Adam's name on the Thiepval Memorial, his brother Wallace's Cemetery Record, Adam's Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration, the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge and Adam's brother Wallace's Pension Records x 2. Also see photos for Wallace's Medal Index Card and his Service Medal and Award Rolls. Finally a photo of Adam's brother Wallace's Grave in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (it states "BELIEVED TO BE BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY").

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