Boyd, Andrew

Boyd, Andrew

Quartermaster Sergeant

Canadian Forces (served in Canada)

Died of disease on Thursday 13 April 1916 (aged 43)

Buried:

Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

Brother of Private John Boyd (No. 790538)

Cousin of Company Sergeant Major Francis McMath (No. 57550)

BIOGRAPHY

It was reported in the 13 May 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle that Mrs Boyd of Church Street, Newtownards had received a letter from the Canadian military authorities.  In the letter, Mr E.C. Lemieux of the Department of Militia and Defence conveyed his sympathy to Mrs Boyd on the death of her son, Quartermaster Sergeant Andrew Boyd.  It was reported that Quartermaster Sergeant Andrew Boyd had served during the South African War for which he received the Queen’s Medal.  He had also been awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Quartermaster Sergeant Andrew Boyd was a bachelor when he died of pulmonary tuberculosis and cardiac asthenia (heart exhaustion) on 13 April 1916 in Lady Grey Hospital, Ottawa and he was accorded the honour of a military funeral.

Quartermaster Sergeant Andrew Boyd was buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa.

Andrew Boyd was born on 14 December 1872 in Redwells, Kiltegan, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow and he was a son of Andrew and Jane Boyd (nee Adams) who were married on 20 January 1871 in Carrowdore Presbyterian Church.  Andrew Boyd, a labourer from Drumfad, was a son James Boyd, a labourer.  Jane Adams from Ballyrawer was a daughter of William Adams, a farmer.

After getting married, Andrew Boyd Senior worked as a gardener and the Boyd family moved to County Wicklow.  Andrew and Jane Boyd (nee Adams) had at least eleven children:

James (born 8 December 1871 in Slaney Park, Co Wicklow)

Andrew (born 14 December 1872 in Redwells, Kiltegan, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow)

William (born 8 June 1874 in Slaney Park, Co Wicklow)

Margaret (born 15 April 1876 in Slaney Park, Co Wicklow; married James McMath)

John (born 22 October 1877 in Slaney Park, Co Wicklow; at attestation he declared 22 October 1881)

Mary (born 18 January 1880 in Slaney Park, Co Wicklow)

Jane (born 13 December 1881 in Slaney Park, Co Wicklow)

Anne (born 30 June 1883 in Slaney Park, Co Wicklow)

Esther (born 1 October 1885 in Kilmurry, Co Wicklow)

Agnes (born 17 February 1887 in Kilmurry, Co Wicklow)

Henry (born 6 November 1888 in Kilmurry, Co Wicklow)

In 1901 Andrew and Jane Boyd (nee Adams) were living at Castle Ellen, Aughrim, Co Galway.  They moved from there to Ballyhaskin, Millisle and Andrew died of Bright’s Disease on 11 December 1902 (aged 58).  His son Andrew was with him when he died.

In June 1903 Andrew Boyd, a soldier from Co Wicklow, sailed from Liverpool to Montreal, Quebec aboard the SS Tunisian.  In 1911 Andrew was living in Ottawa and working as a stationery clerk.

The widowed Jane Boyd (nee Adams) moved to 61 Church Street Newtownards and she was living there when she received the letter from Canadian military authorities informing her about her son Andrew’s death.

Jane Boyd (nee Adams) died of heart disease on 10 May 1917 (aged 72), just three days after her son John died:

Private John Boyd (No. 790538), 47th Battalion Canadian Infantry was killed in action on 7 May 1917 and he has no known grave.  He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France.