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James Boyle

The Hon. James Boyle - No known copyright restrictions
The Hon. James Boyle - No known copyright restrictions AWMM


  • Title
    The Honourable AWMM
  • Forenames
    James AWMM
  • Surname
    Boyle AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 March 1880 AWMM ShewaltonAyrshire AWMM
  • Date of birth
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Third son of David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow, G.C.M.G, and Dorothea Elizabeth Thomasina Hunter-Blair [Note: Lord Glasgow was the governor and commander-in-chief of New Zealand from 1892-97. He died on 13 December 1915, at Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland].

    Husband of Katherine Isabel Salvin Bowlby (m. 15 September 1908), and father of Patrick John Salvin (b. 21 April 1910), Edward James (b. 26 February 1912), and Belinda Margaret Graeme (b. 4 December 1913).

    Educated at Wanganui Collegiate, New Zealand, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, England.

    Gazetted as Second Lieutenant to the Royal Scots Fusiliers, becoming Lieutenant on 6 June 1906, and Captain on 10 April 1912 (de Ruvigny 2003).

    Extra Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Victoria from 1908-09, and Aide-de-Camp from 1909-11 (de Ruvigny 2003).

    Aide-de-Camp from 1912-14 to General Sir H. Smith-Dorrien, Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Command (de Ruvigny 2003).

    "Was a Captain in the Royal Scottish Fusiliers. He went to the front early in the war and experienced many weeks of hardship, but his cheerfulness never failed under the most trying circumstances. On Sunday, 18th October, during the battle of Ypres, the R.S.F. were in a very tight corner and were ordered to retire. As they did so, Boyle, thinking that 20 of his men had not heard the order, went back to call them, when he and they were suddenly attacked by a large force of Germans, and all killed or taken prisoners. Captain Boyle, who had been wounded earlier in the day, was seen to receive several bayonet thrusts. After six weeks news was received through the War Office from a German officer, who said that on the night of October 18th, 1914, he had buried him near La Bassee. He enclosed a rough sketch, explaining that he would forward the letters found on him after the war, signing his name and regiment." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 October 1914 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Chateau WarnetonFrance AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Le Touret Memorial, France AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • Ruvigny et Raineval, M.H.M., Marquis de (2003) De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-18. Uckfield, England: Naval & Military Press. AWMM
      vol. 1, p.46 AWMM
    • Scholefield, G.H. (1940). A dictionary of New Zealand biography. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • The Times AWMM
      The Times, 14 December 1915, p. 11. AWMM
    • The Times AWMM
      Article, (1915, December 17). The Times, p. 13. AWMM
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