Boyd, John (No. 790538)

Boyd, John


No. 790538, 47th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

Killed in action on Monday 7 May 1917 (aged 35)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Vimy Memorial, France

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance


The death of Private John Boyd (No. 790538) was reported in the 9 June 1917 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Newtownards Men Make the Supreme Sacrifice.

The death of Private James Martin from Newtownards was also reported in the same article.

In his attestation papers John Boyd declared that he was born on 22 October 1881 in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.

John Boyd enlisted in New Westminster, British Columbia on 5 February 1916.

Prior to that he had been working as a labourer in Canada and he and his wife Sarah lived at 330 Strand Avenue, Sapperton, New Westminster.

It was noted in his attestation papers that John Boyd was 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.  He had a scar on the calf of his left leg.

Private John Boyd (No. 790538) went to the Front on 27 November 1916 and he was 35 when he was killed in action on 7 May 1917.

At the time of his death his brother, William Boyd, was living at 61 Church Street, Newtownards.

Private John Boyd (No. 790538) has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France; on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM) and in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance.