Major-General Sir Gerald Farrell Boyd KCB CMG DSO DCM

 

(19 November 1877 - 12 April 1930) born London, died London, buried Putney Vale Cemetery

Military career

Educated at St Paul's School, Boyd enlisted into the Devonshire Regiment in 1895 and fought in the Second Boer War before he was commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1900. He went on to be Brigade Major for 11th Infantry Brigade in 1912.

He served in World War I with 11th Infantry Brigade as part of the British Expeditionary Force. He became a General Staff Officer with 1st Division and with 6th Division before becoming a Brigadier-General on the General Staff of 5th Army Corps in France in 1916. He was made Commander 170th Infantry Brigade in France in July 1918 and General Officer Commanding 46th (North Midland) Infantry Division in September 1918. He led the 46th Division when it successfully stormed the Hindenburg Line at Bellenglise.

After the War he was made a Brigadier General on the General Staff at General Headquarters of British Army on the Rhine and then General Officer Commanding Dublin District in Ireland in 1920.He was appointed Commandant of the Staff College at Quetta in 1923 and Military Secretary in 1927. He died of cerebral spinal fever in 1930.

Family

In 1913 he married Grace Sophia Burdett and they went on to have two sons

1919 Sep 28 Appointed Div Commander Dublin