Boyd, Charles Wesley: Lieutenant (reg. no. 455590)

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Summary of Service for Lieutenant Charles Wesley Boyd, attested under reg. no. 455590.

October 11, 1896BornBorn in Campbellford, Ontario to Mathew and Rose Boyd.
September 4, 1915EnlistedEnlisted in “Barriefield” (CFB Kingston) under reg. no. 455590. Indicates having 3 years experience as a Cadet in high school. He has attested to the 59th Battalion.
September 6, 1915InoculatedInoculated with anti-typhoid and vaccinated.
December 1915Sick FurloughDuration and type of illness not known.
April 1, 1916Assigns payAssigns $10.00 per month to his mother, Rose Boyd.
April 11, 1916Arrived in England 
June 6, 1916Struck of StrengthS.O.S. from 59th Battalion to 18th Battalion. In Shorncliffe, England.
June 8, 1916Taken on StrengthArrives 18th Battalion in the field. The Battalion is located in the Dickenbusch Sector, Belgium and  the War Diary relates: “Position as yesterday. 5 o.r.s wounded. 10 o.r.s (sick) admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.”
May 20, 1917Appointed Lance-CorporalPromoted. Appointed Lance-Corporal, vice 454696 L.Cpl. C. Colby promoted.
July 9, 1917Wounded and sent to No. 9 Canadian Field AmbulanceHe was on of 35 men wounded by a German shell landing in the bivouac area. 4 other men were killed and at least one of the wounded died later. War Diary: “Training during the morning. Postponed Church Parade held. About midday (12.40 pm) shell dropped by long range gun struck one of the huts in which H.Q. details[iii] and portion of D coy where billeted. 5 ors Killled. 4 ors died of wounds. 35 wounded.[iv]
July 10, 1917Appointed CorporalPromoted Corporal vice 424389 Cpl. A. Smith, died of wounds.
July 18, 1917Returns to BattalionCorporal Boyd’s wounds appear to be minor and he returns to active service nine days later. Service record records: “WOUNDED by enemy shell bursting in billet.”. War Diary: “Quiet during the day. Immediately after dark Hun T. Mortars extremely active. C coy relieved A coy in front line. A coy returning to support trenches. Our observers obtained accurate cross bearings on trenches of Enemy T.M. preparatory to more effective retaliation by Artillery.”
November 16, 1917Appointed SergeantPromoted Sergeant, vice 53815, Sgt. A.H. Jones invalided to England.
January 15, 1918Assigned to Cadet CourseTaken on Strength at Bramshott for Cadet Officers course.
January 16, 1918Assigned to 4th Reserve Battalion 
January 30, 1918Struck of Strength 4th Reserve BattalionS.O.S. in preparation to go the Bexhill for Officer Training Course.
February 2, 1918Arrives BexhillOfficer Training Course.
April 27, 1918Posted to 4th Reserve BattalionGranted temporary commission as a lieutenant.
April 28, 1918Promoted Lieutenant 
July 28, 1918Qualification notation“Qualified Grade 2 at [Aldershott] Command School of Musketry”
February 27, 1919Arrived from England and T.O.S. 18th BattalionThe Battalion is at Fosses, France.
March 15, 1919Arrives 18th BattalionThe Battalion is at Fosses, France.
April 4, 1919Proceeded to EnglandIt appears that since Lieutenant Boyd as from the Central Ontario region when he enlisted he was not required or expected to return with the Battalion to London, Ontario where the official demobilization would occur.
April 7, 1919Medical Exam at Witley Camp.Medical exam for demobilization noting pneumonia in October 1915, GSW July 1917 and gassed November 1917.
April 9, 1919P Wing CCC, WitleyT.O.S. from 18th Battalion pending return to Canada (RTC).
May 13, 1919Sailed to Canada 
May 13, 1919Military District No. 1 (Ottawa)T.O.S. C.E.F. for Demobilization.
May 25, 1919DemobilizedMilitary District No. 1 (Ottawa)
April 28, 1920MarriageTo Gladys Anne Stewart[i]
January 20, 1973Passes away[ii] 

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Source: Memorial of the Great War, 1914-1918 : a record of service by Bank of Montreal Published 1921

Charles W. Boyd
Lieutenant, 18th Battalion, C.E.F.

Enlisted in September 1915, as a Private in the 59th Battalion, and in June 1916, he went to France where he was attached to the 18th Battalion. In April, 1918, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He was severely wounded in July 1917, and he was gassed at Passchendaele in November, 1917.

Source: Memorial of the Great War, 1914-1918 : a record of service by Bank of Montreal Published 1921. Page 149.

Charles Wesley Boyd – born Oct. 11, 1896 in Campbellford; died Jan. 20, 1973; married  April 28, 1920 to Gladys Anne Stewart.


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