Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Thomas Bovaird

16th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) Regimental Number 700342
Born: ---- Died: 1917-11-08 Aged: 39 Enlisted: ------

Name recorded on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Mr James Bovaird, farmer, Elaghbeg, County Donegal. Brother and brother-in-law of Elizabeth (born around 1875/76, and possibly died April 7, 1957) and Richard (died January 18, 1938) Williams, 4, Kennedy Street, Londonderry. Uncle of James Henry Williams, who died on November 8, 1923, and was interred in Londonderry City Cemetery.

On the first anniversary of Private Bovaird's death, his sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Richard Williams, 4, Kennedy Street, Londonderry, had the following lines inserted in a Derry newspaper:

'He sleeps not in his native land,

But under foreign skies;

Far away from those who loved him;

In a hero's grave he lies.'

On the second anniversary of the death of Thomas Bovaird, the same sister, brother-in-law, and family, placed the following tribute in a Londonderry newspaper:

'The fight is o'er, the victory won;

But, ah! The grief and pain,

And longing for the one that sleeps

Alone across the main.'

Rifleman William Williams, King's Royal Rifles, and possibly a nephew of Thomas Bovaird, was officially reported as missing around July 1941, during the Second World War. His wife resided at 7, Emerson Street, Londonderry.