Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal Robert Thomas Boyd

10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers) Regimental Number 15338
Born: 1896-08-19 Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: -- Enlisted: Londonderry

Interred in the Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France. Name inscribed on St Columb's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected to that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Only son of Samuel (died 17th March, 1936) and Elizabeth (nee White, died 10th February, 1933) Boyd, 11, Kennedy Street, Londonderry. Brother of Rebecca May (born December 3, 1893). Brother and brother-in-law of Margaret (born January 17, 1899, died October 24, 1952) and William (died August 8, 1972) Barnett, 13, Kennedy Street, Londonderry, who were married, at St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry, on December 16, 1919.

Lance Corporal Robert Boyd joined the Ulster Division on its formation, and went to the Front with it at the end of 1915. His name was read out at a Protestant inter-denominational memorial service held, on Sunday, July 1, 1917, in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, to commemorate those Derry men who had made the supreme sacrifice during the previous year. Later the same month his family placed the following tribute in a Londonderry newspaper:

'What though in lonely grief we sigh

For one we loved, no longer nigh,

Submissive still would we reply,

Thy will be done.'

Lance Corporal Robert Boyd's brother-in-law, Private William Barnett, Derry Volunteers, wrote to his parents, 43, Lower Bennett Street, circa July 1916, intimating that he had been wounded, and was in the base hospital in France. He had another brother serving in the Royal Engineers at the time. William Barnett worked as a Labourer in Bigger's Ltd, in the early 1920s, and in the same period was a member of the Derry branch of the Ulster Unionist Labour Association.

Lizzie, May, Samuel and Robert Boyd, 11, Kennedy Street, all signed the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant (September 1912) pledging resistance to Home Rule for Ireland.