Topic: Thomas Murray Boyd (1891-1917)
Katikati born Thomas Murray Boyd served with the First Australian Imperial Force (1AIF) during World War I. He saw action in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front. On 30 September 1917 he was killed in action at Ypres.
Thomas Murray Boyd was born at Katikati in 1891. His parents were Thomas and Mary Ann Boyd (nee Murray) who married in Katikati in 1885. His father had arrived in New Zealand aboard the 'Lady Jocelyn' in 1878 as part of George Vesey Stewart's second part of Katikati settlers.
Thomas attended the Katikati No 2 School.
Thomas and four of his brothers would serve during World War One. He enlisted as a Driver from Liverpool, New South Wales in Australia on 15 January 1915. Thomas embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A44 Vestalia on 22 June 1915.
Thomas was absorbed into 1st Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli on 29 August 1915. On 27 November 1915 he disembarked at Alexandria from Gallipoli. Other details are as follows:
- "Found guilty of (1) absent without leave while on inlying picquet 6-10 pm, 1 January 1916 (2) absent without leave while on inlying picquet 9.30 am, 2 January 1916, to 6.30 am, 4 January 1916: awarded 21 days' detention and forfeiture of 3 days' pay.
- Absorbed into 12th Light Horse Regiment, 22 February 1916; transferred to 5th Division Field Artillery, 1 April 1916. Promoted Bombardier, 1 May 1916.
- Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 June 1916.
- Admitted to 102nd Field Ambulance, 25 October 1916 (venereal disease); admitted to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 28 October 1916; to 31st General Hospital, Rouen, 23 November 1916; discharged to Base Details, 30 November 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 37 days. Rejoined unit, 9 December 1916.
- On leave to England, 4 June 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 11 June 1917. Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 June 1917 (gonorrhoea); admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 14 June 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 30 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 50 days. Rejoined unit, 7 August 1917" (Source: The AIF Project).
On 30 September 1917 Thomas was killed in action at Ypres.
Thomas is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Flanders, Belgium.
The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Katikati and District (2012) by Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack (p. 36-38).