Major John M Boyd MC.
From left rear rank no. 4
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He was my second choice but ruled him out over James. Got a little
to carried away, which I do at times.
Boyd was awarded his MC in July 1918 as a Captain so one could assume the two photo's are post this date. The text I was using doesn't give any indication of when Boyd was promoted to Major. I feel the two images were taken at this time maybe in Jordan or Egypt.
Last edited by Thanatos; 01-03-2014 at 01:15 AM. Reason: mORE TEXT and correct image
I've post this one before I hope it's OK to post here? - well I am anyway --one I found in a cotton field barn up north Moree, NSW when I was a kid.
I looked up his records in the National Archives; interesting to note he came up through the ranks from Private.
It lists a promotion to Temporary Major on 17.9.18, awarded MC 25.7.18, promoted to Major 10.4.19.
The citation reads,
'Captain John McClelland Boyd.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.
When the enemy were endevouring to occupy some high ground overlooking three of our posts, he observed for and directed the fire of our guns against them. This caused the enemy to withdraw, and he then sent out a party to keep touch, covering their advance with accurate fire. Throughout the operation he showed coolness and initiative.'
From the info you've supplied, Dave, and referencing my Great Uncle's copy of the 5th Light Horse history, witten by former CO Wilson, I'm fairly confident these photos were taken when they were camped at Lake Tiberius (Sea of Galilee) from 14th November 1918 to the end of Februrary, 1919. They moved there after the surrender at Ziza and were winding down before returning to Australia, before the Egyptian revolt. That would explain the relaxed atmosphere. It looks a lot like modern images of Lake Tiberius, so I'd guess that's it, as it is a significent body of water.
A possible explanation for John Boyd's lack of rank insignia, is that at that time he had a promotion as Temporary Major, but hadn't yet been promoted to Major. Just a theory.
An excellent outcome Willie.
This is a great forum and a pleasent place with few 'stones in the forum shoe.' I hope it stays that way i.e. a nice place (a few rough spots can seemingly never be avoided with so many members).
Last edited by Jerry B; 01-03-2014 at 11:38 AM.
As you say, a great forum and in the main peopled with great contributors.
Back to the matter in hand, wonderful to see all these rare photo's for the Light Horse and the interesting discussion about them.
Whatever its just an opinion.