Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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R R Boyce

Mrs Boyes, West End, West Calder, has been notified that her son, Pte Richard Robertson Boyes, of the Canadian Field Artillery, was killed in action on the 4th June. Previous to emigrating to Canada, Pte Boyes worked in the district as a miner.

 

Midlothian Advertiser, August 23rd, 1918

 

In Memory of

RICHARD ROBINSON BOYCE

Gunner

1250584

6th Bde., Canadian Field Artillery

who died on

Tuesday, 4th June 1918. Age 35.

 

Additional Information:  Son of John and Sarah Ann Boyce, of West Calder, Scotland; husband of Isabella McLean Boyce, of 36, Black Block, Hamilton St., Regina, Saskatchewan.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:  BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, RIVIERE, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  II. N. 11.

 

Historical Information: The cemetery was begun by French troops in October 1914, and carried on by the 46th (North Midland), 55th (West Lancashire), 58th (London), 49th (West Riding) and other Divisions, and later by the Canadian Corps, from February 1916, to September 1918; and the French plot was increased in 1923 by concentrations from other cemeteries. The 16 American graves of July and August, 1918 (all but one of which belonged to the 320th Regiment) have been removed to another place of burial. There are now over 400, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Cemetery covers an area of 3,582 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

 

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