No. 4035295, 4th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Killed in action on Tuesday 18 July 1944 (aged 23)
No known grave
Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France (Panel 16 Column 2)
In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour it is recorded that Private George Boyling (No. 4035295) was the husband of Mary Patricia Boyling of Bangor, Co. Down.
Private George Boyling (No. 4035295) was born in Birkenhead and his birth was registered in the second quarter of 1921. He was a son of George and Olive Boyling (nee Dowley) whose marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1919 in Atcham, Shropshire.
During the Second World War Private George Boyling (No. 4035295) served with the 4th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and he was 23 when he was killed on 18 July 1944. His body was never recovered. This Battalion was mobilised at the outbreak of war and had intensive training in Northern Ireland. The Battalion landed at Normandy on 14 June 1944 (‘D-Day plus 8’) and was in action at the River Odon and in Operation Epsom which did not achieve its objective of capturing Caen. Caen was eventually taken on 9 July in Operation Charnwood and from there further advances were planned. On 18 July 1944, Allied bombers and fighters attacked targets to the east of Caen but the advance southwards by Allied ground forces was impeded by minefields and limited availability of bridges over the waterways.
Private George Boyling (No. 4035295) is commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial in France.