Henry BOYD
Rank: Sergeant
Number: 13821
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 June 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

Nothing is known for certain about Henry Boyd, except that Regimental records indicate he had been born in Stockport and enlisted in the town. However, the 1901 Census lists a man of that name, then aged 19, who had been born in the Pendleton area of Salford but was living in Stockport. The young man was then in the army.

Henry's service number confirms he was an early volunteer for the army, joining up in September 1914.

On 27 May 1918, the German army launched the third and last of its offensives during 1918. Along a 40 kilometre front, German infantry attacked following a massive artillery bombardment. The British troops were decimated by the shelling and subsequent advance. Around the town of Soissons, the Germans advanced 15 kilometres on the first day alone. By the 31st, the 11th Cheshires had suffered so many casualties that they were no longer an effective fighting force and had been withdrawn to billets well away from the front line. However, some men, presumably including Henry, were still fighting in hastily put-together "composite battalions" of troops from different units. It is impossible to know where or how Henry was killed and, in the chaos of those days, it is almost certain that there was no opportunity to give him a proper burial service. He now has no known grave and is commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing. The Memorial commemorates nearly 4000 fellow soldiers who died during this Battle and who have no known grave.

   
           
   
     
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