John Dopping Boyd


John Dopping Boyd - the man who led the men that stopped the German war machine in its tracks at Halloween 1914
John Dopping Boyd – the man who led the men that stopped the German war machine in its tracks at Halloween 1914

John Dopping Boyd of Ballymacool in Donegal was the son of Charlotte Agnes Dopping, a daughter of James Henry Dopping the notorius land agent of Adair in Donegal, who done even more cruel evictions on his brother Ralph Anthonys estate after the latters death.

As bad as his grandfather was, John Dopping Boyd was the opposite, showing bravery, honour and heroism in the battle field of Flanders, where a motley crew of 200 odd battered soldiers from different units were led to take the village of Gheluveld, which stopped the German advance in its tracks.

It is an unramarkable achievement as battles in wars of its scale go, but its consequences was far reaching. What makes him relakable was he was a mere Lieutenant at the time.

He went on to have a successful career in the British Army, and is an example of the soldier showing valour and derring-do with a legacy that will be hard for others to follow… I tell his story in my verse Gheluvelt

His sister was the writer Mary Boyd.

NOTE: This family relationship is assuming the family tree of SS Duignan is correct.