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Groups and Single Decorations for Gallantry 29


An inter-War ‘Civil Division’ C.B. group of four awarded to T. H. Boyd Esq., Assistant Director-General, Post Office, late Captain, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force, who was Mentioned in Despatches for sinking a German submarine in March 1918


The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Civil) Companion’s breast badge, converted for neck wear, silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1903, with neck riband; British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Capt. T. H. Boyd. R.A.F.); Coronation 1937, unnamed as issued, mounted as worn, very fine (4)


£600-£800 C.B. London Gazette 1 January 1938.


Thomas Herbert Boyd was born in 1890 and was educated at London University. He was employed pre-War as an Assistant-Surveyor, General Post Office, and was appointed a Probationary Flight Officer, Royal Naval Air Service, on 22 October 1916. He was appointed Flight Sub-Lieutenant at Calshot Naval Air Station in July 1917, and was posted to H.M.S. Campania in October of that year. He transferred to the Royal Air Force as an Aeroplane and Seaplane Pilot in April 1918, and served as Acting Flight Commander, H.M.S. Campania, from September 1918. For his services during the Great War he was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 3 June 1918) - his Times obituary states that this was specifically for the sinking of an enemy submarine in March 1918. He transferred to the Unemployed List with the rank of Captain in May 1919.


Resuming his career with the General Post Office, Boyd held numerous senior positions, culminating in his appointment as Assistant Director-General on 18 August 1936, on an annual salary of £2,000. Appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1938 New Year’s Honours’ List, he died on 28 May 1941.


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