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1st Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers - Oct 1914


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Martin,

You're welcome, hopefully the German side of the picture will surface - if you happen to locate the "Stand To!" article could you share it with us?

Dave

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Dave - the editor of Stand To! called me just a few minutes ago. Apparently the additional info comes from private correspondence between Lt Lyon and the family describing the circumstances of Capt (Hon) James Boyle's death. I guess it had to be an eyewitness. If it was Lyon, it would seem that he and Boyle were together when the incident happened. Lyon then runs back and quickly organises a bayonet charge....

The Ed is going to email a scan of the article. It is essentially the same as the one on your link but with some tiny additional info.

MG

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The article adds little to the available information except that a footnote states that there was correspondence between a German Officer and the family.

"The Aristocracy in the Great War" simply quotes the article (actually mis-quotes the article creating some errors) and claims that Capt (Hon) James Boye died while leading an attack on a German trench, which is technically correct but rather a distortion of the known facts. More likely died while making a two man reconnaissance after the attack had failed.

In summary, it looks as if Boyle and Lyon made a recce, leaving the men behind. Boyle prodded a live German who bayonetted him. Lyon witnessed this, withdrew quickly (escaped more likely) and rallied men for an immediate charge on the position. In the time that this took, Boyle's body was removed from the trench. Subsequently Lyon and a German Officer both contacted the family to explain the circumstances of his death.

Thanks to all who have provided some insight. MG

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Martin,

Thanks for the update.

Dave

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