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Private Albert (Milton) Boyle

 

Boyle

 

Albert (Milton) Boyle was born at Drumcree, Portadown, on 18 June 1887, son of farmer James Boyle and his wife Margaret (formerly Woodhouse).

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Portadown on 5 March 1909 (No.303), and embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action in the Retreat from Mons and Advance to the Aisne.

In March 1915 a fellow North Irish Horseman, Isaac Walker of Seagoe, wrote the following letter to the Reverend J.E. Archer, which was published in the Portadown News on 13 March:

I arrived back here all right, and am going on just as usual, I am sending you a little cutting from the paper which concerns us. Other voluntary regiments claim to be under fire first. It is contradicted and explained, that we were the first to be under fire. I and Walter Vaughan were the ones out of Seagoe Parish who were with the N.I.H. on the retirement from Mons. Milton Boyle, of Drumcree Parish, and William Morton, of Ardmore Parish, were also with us. So there were only four from Portadown serving with the N.I.H. I am glad to say we are all safe and sound yet. We had a Church service today, but I did not get to it. Everyone likes to attend, but we can't all get. I think this is all at present. Thanking you for your kindness. I only wish this war was over till we all get back.
(From Richard Edgar, A Call to Arms, Portadown in the Great War)

In the same month Private Boyle became ill and was hospitalised, first at St Omer and then Rouen. He was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. On 13 July 1915 he was shipped home, to the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, and soon after to the Peamount Sanatorium, Hazelhatch, Dublin. A medical board found that he was no longer physically fit for war service and he was discharged with a pension on 8 September 1915.

Private Boyle died at home on 27 October 1916. He was aged 29. He was buried in the Drumcree Church of Ireland Churchyard, Northern Ireland, grave 141 – near the north boundary. His gravestone inscription reads:

303 PRIVATE
M. BOYLE
NORTH IRISH HORSE
27TH OCTOBER 1916

 

Larne Times and Weekly Telegraph, 4 November 1916 

 

Gravestone image kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project, www.twgpp.org.