George Finlayson BOYD

BOYD, George Finlayson

Service Number: 10338
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Arbroath, Scotland, 5 June 1886
Home Town: North Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Keptie School, Arbroath, Scotland
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Killed in Action, Dickebusch, Belgium, 22 September 1917, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

5 Jan 1916: Involvement Gunner, 10338, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
5 Jan 1916: Embarked Gunner, 10338, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Afric, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of George Gordon and Helen Lundie (nee Finlayson) BOYD; Wife: Mrs N. BOYD, 36 John Street, Arbroath, Scotland.

George came to Australia in 1912 where he was employed by Messrs. W.D. Grant & Sons, Engineers, Equitable Place, Collins Street, Melbouren.  He enlisted 16 July 1915 and served in Egypt fron January 1916 and afterwards in France and Flanders.  He was wouned 3rd June 1917 and invalided home, but on his recovery rejoined his regiment and was killed in action 24 September 1917 by a shell while asleep in his dugout. Buried at Dickebusch.  A comrade wroter: 'Dear old George was killed arly on the morning of 24 Spet, by the bursting of an enemy shell while asleep in his dug-out.  When the news went round it cast a great gloom over the whole battery, as he was a great favourite with the men.  All the boys in the battery wich me to convey to you their deepest sympathy in the great loss you have sustained in the death of your noble sone and my hero friend.'