Charles Henry Leonard Boyton MC , RFA

1884 Jul 12 Born Fulham, London

1899 to 1907 A cox at the London Rowing Club

1901 census at 7, Church Row, Fulham

1911 not in the UK census

Boyton was a cattle dealer prior to WW I. After a brief period of service in the BSAP Boyton served in South West Africa with the 9th D.M.R. (the Bechuanaland Rifles). After the conclusion of the campaign, Boyton was recommended for a commission and joined the RFA.

1915 Jul 7. Arrived from Cape Town - a soldier

1915 Dec 14. The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants (on probation). Royal Field Artillery. Charles Henry Leonard Boyton.

1916 Jan/Mar. Married in Portsmouth to Adeline E De Rombert

He subsequently served with 76th Army Brigade (3rd division) in France and Flanders. Boyton was wounded in the head by shrapnel (shell splinters) as a result of German counter battery fire at Langemarck on 4 October 1917 the first day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. It is reasonable to suggest that Boyton's MC was awarded for action on 4 October, as he was evacuated immediately thereafter to England and did not return to active service.

1918 Mar 7. MC Gazetted 2nd Ly. Charles Henry Leonard Boyton, R.F.A., Spec. Res. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the battery was heavily shelled and gun-pits and dug outs blown in and men buried, he at once organized a party and started digging them out, continuing his efforts until all were rescued.

1920 Apt 8. ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY. The undermentioned Lts. resign their commns. And retain the rank of Lt.—C H L Boyton MC

1921 Mar 14 Joined ADRIC with service no 1830. Posted to H Coy

1921 Apr 7 Posted to Q Coy

1921 Aug 28 Suspended

1921 Sep 21. Dismissed the force by the Commandant

1939 Census at 13 Redcliffe Street , Kensington, London. A Rating Surveyor living with wife Florence