Private, Army Service Corps, 708th MT Company
Military Service Number M2/182371
Born About 1886 in Normanby, Middlesbrough, Cleveland
Died 24 October 1918 at Salonika, now known as Thessalonika, the second-largest city in Greece.
Buried in Skopje British Cemetery, Macedonia
David Boyes was the son of Christopher Boyes, a Groom, and Jane Wallis who married in Pickering in 1882. He had 4 brothers and 5 sisters and the family lived in Sinnington, between Pickering and Kirkbymoorside, in 1891. In the 1911 Census David was a groom, living with his eldest brother George (a chauffeur) and George’s family at 1 Mount Pleasant, off North Street, Scalby. In April 1914 David married Florence Sellers, a farmer’s daughter engaged in dairy work at Foulsyke Farm, Barmoor Lane, Scalby, according to the 1911 Census, although Florence’s father William had been a well-to-do fish salesman and an honourable man and friend to the fisherman according to the inscription on the monument on his grave in Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough.
David and Florence had a son, Thomas Reginald (1915-62), in January 1915 and David enlisted into the Army Service Corps not long after the birth. Florence married a William Morley in 1921 and died in May Lodge, on Filey Road, in 1955.
The Scarborough Mercury of Friday 8 November 1918 reports ‘Mrs Boyes, Foulsyke Farm, Scalby, has received news that her husband, Private David Boyes, A.S.C., M.T., died from pneumonia on October 24th at Salonica. The deceased soldier, who was 32 years of age, was whip of the Staintondale hounds under Mr S.S. Lockwood, of Scalby, and afterwards a chauffeur at Bridlington. He has been in Salonika since he joined the army about three years ago. Several of his relatives are well known in the Scalby district.’
David Boyes is buried in Skopje British Cemetery, Macedonia. Skopje was captured by the Bulgarians in October 1915 and re-entered by French cavalry at the end of September 1918. The great majority of those who are buried in the cemetery were men of the RASC (MT), like David, who died of influenza after the Armistice with Bulgaria. His wife chose the words, Not My Will But Thine Be Done to put on his headstone.
Skopje British Cemetery, Macedonia