Boyle, Ernest Charles Patrick

Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Charles Patrick Boyle DSO. 1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Company.  Killed in action at Beaumont Hamel on 7th February 1917, aged 56.  Buried Hamel Military Cemetery, France.

Grave of Ernest C.Boyle, HAC.

Grave of Ernest C.Boyle, HAC

  • Born at Sherbourne House, Dorset in November 1860
  • Educated at Charterhouse – Captain of his house fifteen (football)
  • Migrated to British Columbia but could not find congenial work so returned to London to take up appointment in Chancery Registrar’s Office
  • Admitted in to the HAC in 1886, with his brother, Lionel
  • Joined Paget’s Horse on the outbreak of the Boer War
  • Promoted to Corporal soon after embarkation, then to Serjeant Major in the HAC
  • Bought estate in Jamaica intending to live there for several months of the year and devote himself to horticulture
  • Went overseas on 20th January 1915
  • Wounded at Hooge on 16th June 1915 – shot through the lung while personally supervising the consolidation of a captured trench
  • Given command of the 2nd Battalion  in October 1916
  • Rejoined on 9th December 1916
  • Awarded the DSO on 1st January 1917, after the battle of Beaucourt
  • Mentioned in dispatches
  • Killed in action at Beaumont Hamel (in the line near Grandcourt) on 7th February 1917
  • Aged 56
  • Buried Hamel Military Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France
  • Grave ref: I. E. 2.
  • Youngest of six sons of Charles John Boyle (Diplomatic Service) and Zacyntha
  • Grandson of the fifth Earl of Cork and Orrery
  • Known in the regiment as “Father Boyle”

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