Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Rifleman Samuel Boyd 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

Remembering Rifleman Samuel Boyd 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Young Citizen Volunteers) Killed in action 31st January 1917.

Cap Badge of the 14th Battalion
NAME; Boyd, Samuel
 RANK; Rifleman
SERV. NO; 14/16260
UNIT/SERVICE; 14th Battalion
REGIMENT; Royal Irish Fusiliers
BORN; Carrickfergus
FATE; Killed in Action, France, January 31st 1917
CEMETERY; Berks Cemetery Extension - I M 1
REMARKS; Samuel was a member of the Young Citizen Volunteers prior to the war and subsequently enlisted into the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  He was killed in action on 31st January 1917 and is buried in Berks Cemetery Extension.  Berks Cemetery Extension is located 12.5 kilometres south of Ieper town centre on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen, Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres.  BERKS CEMETERY EXTENSION is separated from Hyde Park Corner Cemetery by a road. The extension was begun in June 1916 and used continuously until September 1917. At the Armistice, the extension comprised Plot I only, but Plots II and III were added in 1930 when graves were brought in from Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery and Extension, about 1 kilometre to the north-west, when it was established that these sites could not be acquired in perpetuity. Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery was used by fighting units from November 1914 to August 1916. The extension was begun in May 1916 and used until March 1918. Together, the cemetery and extension were sometimes referred to as 'Red Lodge'.
Berks Cemetery Extension now contains 876 First World War burials.

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