Gerald Boyd (British Army officer)

Sir Gerald Boyd
Born 19 November 1877
London, United Kingdom
Died 12 April 1930 (aged 52)
London, United Kingdom
Buried at Putney Vale Cemetery, London
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1895–1930
Rank Major-General
Commands held 170th Infantry Brigade
Dublin District
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Major-General Sir Gerald Farrell Boyd KCB, CMG, DSO, DCM (19 November 1877 – 12 April 1930) was a senior British Army officer who went on to be Military Secretary.

Military career

Educated at St Paul's School,[1] Boyd enlisted into the Devonshire Regiment in 1895. He fought in the Second Boer War 1899-1901, and took part in the Relief of Ladysmith, including the actions at Colenso; and in the operations in Orange River Colony, including the action at Wittebergen. During the war, he was commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regiment in May 1900,[2] and promoted to Lieutenant in that regiment on 26 April 1902. He was mentioned in despatches three times (including 25 April 1902[3]), received the Queen's South Africa Medal, and was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his war service. He went on to be Brigade Major for 11th Infantry Brigade in 1912.[2]

He served in World War I with 11th Infantry Brigade as part of the British Expeditionary Force.[2] 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.[2] He was made Commander 170th Infantry Brigade in France in July 1918 and General Officer Commanding 46th (North Midland) Division in September 1918.[2] He led the 46th Division when it successfully stormed the Hindenburg Line at Bellenglise.[1]

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.[2] He was appointed Commandant of the Staff College, Quetta in 1923 and Military Secretary in 1927.[2] He died of cerebral spinal fever in 1930.[1]


In 1913 he married Grace Sophia Burdett and they went on to have two sons.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Francis Seymour Inglefield
Colonel of The East Yorkshire Regiment
Succeeded by
Henry Haggard
Preceded by
Sir David Campbell
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir Sidney Clive
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