Diamond War Memorial Project

Corporal Ernest Wilson Boyd

42nd Battalion Machine Gun Company (Infantry), formerly 'B' Company, (15334) 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 18644
Born: 1895-08-03 Died: 1918-03-27 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry

Name recorded on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Second son of Hugh (builder, died February 21, 1943) and Jane (daughter of Samuel Wilson, died August 6, 1941) Boyd, 13, George's Street, and John Street, Londonderry. Brother of Susan (born October 30, 1886, nicknamed Tottie, married William Lyons, 17, Wauchope Street, Belfast, died on July 15, 1930, and was interred in Glendermott New Burying Ground); Jeannie (born August 1, 1888); Bertie (born July 18, 1889); Hugh Gerald (born October 10, 1900); Hugh (born August 5, 1893); and Samuel James (born September 27, 1896).

Ernest Wilson Boyd was a member of Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church.

In forwarding news of his death Lieutenant S. MacIntosh said: 'You have mine and all other members of the company's sincerest sympathy in your great loss. He has been in my section ever since the company was formed, and he was of the greatest help to me in the training of the new men. He was a soldier of the best type, always willing and cheerful, and he was killed at his post of duty by his gun whilst we were engaged in successfully holding up the enemy.'

The Reverend John Huey, M.A., B.D., at evening service in Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church, on Sunday, April 21, 1918, referring to the death of Corporal Ernest Boyd, said: Death has claimed another victim from the number of those whose names are recorded on our roll of honour, and it is with sorrow that I refer to the death of Corporal Ernest Boyd, who has fallen in this last prolonged conflict. His officer speaks of him as 'a soldier of the best type,' and his life has been sacrificed at the post of duty in defence of national honour, national freedom, and in the sacred cause of pure religion, truth, and humanity. Now he lies buried in the blood soaked land of France, where so many of our loved ones have nobly died, and our hearts sorrow with the sorrowing household to which he shall never return, and we commend them to the loving care of Him Who is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.

Corporal Boyd was a member of City of Derry Temperance Loyal Orange Lodge 1007 and a member of the Murray Parent Club of Apprentice Boys of Derry, as well as of the Ulster Volunteer Force. He took part in the great Somme push of July 1, 1916. His sister, Jeannie, who became Mrs Donnell, 5, Argyle Terrace, worked as a Stitcher in Welch Margetson's in the early 1920s, and belonged to the Derry branch of the Ulster Unionist Labour Association in the same period. His brother, Bertie, also belonged to the Ulster Unionist Labour Association in the early 1920s, and in the same era worked as a joiner in Craig's, and resided at 12, Belview Avenue.

Susan, Jane, Jeanie, Bertie, Hugh and Ernest Boyd, 13, George's Street, all signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.