Boyd, Joseph Robert

Regimental Number: 101217
Rank: Sergeant
Branch: 66th Battalion; 49th Battalion

Joseph was born to Thomas and Elizabeth Boyd on January 15, 1884 in Arundel, Quebec. Joe and his brother Ben worked for the Bell Telephone Company in 1909, constructing the main line from Winnipeg to Edmonton. They arrived in Beaverlodge in 1910 and wrote to their mother, Elizabeth Boyd Loudfoot (who had been twice widowed) to come out with her younger sons. Joe filed on SW 10-71-8-W6 on May 26, 1910. He joined the Canadian forces in 1915 and was wounded overseas – first in the left shoulder on August 16, 1916 and again in the left hand on October 30, 1917 (both were gunshot wounds). He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on September 10, 1918, and in December of 1918, Joe’s mother received word that he had been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery on the battlefield. Joe married Edith Cassidy, a Lake Saskatoon schoolteacher, in February of 1920. The couple later moved to Prince George, BC, where Joe went into the lumber business. He died in Victoria on June 26, 1962.

Source: Lake Saskatoon Reflections p. 103, 198; Along the Wapiti p. 406; Pioneers of the Peace p. 89