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BoyesJohn EdwardMajor GeneralJohn Edward Boyes was born in June 1843, the son of John Boyes of Cheltenham. His younger brother, Duncan, won a VC with the Royal Navy at Shimonoseki in Japan in 1863. Commissioned into the 75th Regiment in October 1861, he was advanced, by purchase, to Lieutenant in January 1867, and to Captain, again by purchase, in October 1868. Receiving his Majority in December 1880, he accompanied his regiment, now the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, on the expedition against Arabi Pasha in 1882, being present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir on 13 September. For his services in the campaign he was given the Brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel in November 1882, in addition to being mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 2 November 1882) and awarded the Turkish Order of Osmanieh, 4th class. In 1884, Boyes again accompanied the 1st Battalion during the Suakin Campaign, being present at both the Battles of El-Teb and Tamaai. Shortly thereafter he served with the Battalion in the Nile Expedition of 1884-85.Advanced to full Colonel in November 1886, he succeeded Colonel F F Daniell as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, in July 1887, a position he occupied until handing over to Colonel T S Gildea in February 1891. A Major-General by the time of the Boer War, Boyes commanded the 17th Infantry Brigade of Rundle's “Starving” Eighth Division from the time of its arrival in South Africa in April 1900. He proved to be a solid Brigade Commander who never suffered a disaster or mishap and was created a CB and mentioned in despatches for his command during the Brandwater Basin and Eastern Free State operations. A vivid account of his operations can be found in E C Moffet's With The Eighth Division. 17th Brigade comprised the 1st Battalion, Worcester Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment and 2nd, 77th and 79th Batteries RFA. It was frequently split up and sent to different parts of the Orange Free State as Roberts continued his clearance operations in July and August 1900. Boyes had his Headquarters at Fricksburg and Vrede at different times and became immersed in the beginnings of the Guerilla War. The General retired to Abbotsham in North Devon.
CB b/b s/g. Egypt (4) Tel-El-Kebir Suakin 1884 El-Teb-Tamaai The Nile 84-85 (Maj 1/Gord High). QSA (3) CC Trans Witt (Maj Gen). Turkey, Order of Osmanieh, Officer's b/b. Khedive Star 1882. Spinks, Oct 99, £2,600. DNW Mar 05 £3,500.
Source: List of CB recipients. Various sources
BoyesLSource: WO100/280Ceres TG
BoyesL54TrooperServed 19/10/1899 to 27 Sep 00 NOK: L Boyes,C.C.& R.M, Ceres, Cape Colony. Discharged O R
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Bethune's Mounted Infantry
BoyesLSource: QSA and KSA rollsImperial Light Infantry
BoyesL ASource: QSA and KSA medal rollsNew Zealand, 8th Contingent
BoyesL W N CaptainSource: Nominal roll in WO127Johannesburg Mounted Rifles
BoyesLC1347SergeantServed in 1st KFS. Joined 25/02/1901 Discharged 13 Apr 01 Cape Town
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Kitchener's Fighting Scouts
BoyesLewis58 PrivateSource: Nominal roll in WO127Imperial Light Infantry
BoyesMatthew Charles3263PrivateSource: QSA Medal Rolls15th Company, 5th Btn, IY
BoyesP2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(Prince of Wales's Own) West Yorkshire Regiment
BoyesR2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Lincolnshire Regiment
BoyesR WSource: WO100/284Paarl DMT
BoyesReginald Cummins70PrivateSource: OZ-Boer databaseVictoria, 1st Victorian Contingent
BoyesReginald Cummins502Coy. Sergeant MajorSource: OZ-Boer databaseVictoria, 2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Ho
BoyesS HDistrict 1
Source: QSA and KSA rolls
Cape Police
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