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Lance Corporal Adam Boyd

6th Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: s / 11391

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Elizabeth Boyd. Adams Will dated 08/07/1915 left everything to his younger brother Wallace Boyd c/o Richardson, 7 Adelaide St, Gourock. Adams brother Private Wallace Boyd, 34th Machine Gun Corps - Husband of Matilda Edgar McKimm Boyd, 2 John Wood St., Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire. Employed in the Torpedo Factory. Brother of Adam, John and William. Leaves a widow and two children. Formerly 46698 Royal Scots. Killed in action - 16/04/1918 Buried - Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave Reference Sp. Mem. B. 2. 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

Born / Resided

Greenock / 20 Baird St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 09/10/1916

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Clyde Tube Works

Age

29

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial, 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

Listed as PRIVATE on the Coatbridge Memorial, See photo for Adams name on the Thiepval Memorial. Also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos). Both brothers also remembered on the Gourock War Memorial (see photos). See photos for newspaper clippings for the Boyd brothers and Adams Army Register of Soldiers Effects

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