Private William Boyes

Private William Boyes, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 13th October 1917, aged 21, during the Battle of Third Ypres. He was the son of Elizabeth and the late William Boyes of Townfoot Bar, Necastleton and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He had been born at Roberton, Lanarkshire, lived in Necastleton and had enlisted in Dumfries. He fell in an attack near Poelcappelle where the flooded state of the terrain made any advance impossible.  During this chaos  the Battalion lost 196 casualties with included 5 Officers killed together with 15 Other Ranks  and a further 27 missing presumed drowned. The photos show the desolate state of the Flanders battlefield where the incessant shelling had destroyed the drainage systems.

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