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BoysF WTrooper / PrivateFrontier Wars. SAGS (1) 1878Fort White Mounted Volunteers
BoysFrank ThomasSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsSouth African Constabulary
BoysFrederick Arthur231PrivateSource: OZ-Boer databaseVictoria, 2nd Mounted Rifles Contingent
BoysFredk ArthurSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsNew Zealand, 9th Contingent
BoysGLieutenantFrontier Wars. SAGS (1) 1877-8. Medal returnedFrontier Mounted Rifles
BoysHSource: WO100/284Port Elizabeth TG
BoysH2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Hampshire Regiment
BoysJSource: QSA and KSA medal rolls76th Battery, RFA
BoysJosophatSource: WO100/286Upington TG
BoysR D HCaptainMID LG: 10 September 1901, page: 5935. Source: Field Marshal Roberts. 4 September 1901. Re: General mentions
This page contains all the London Gazette pages for the Boer War
Royal Engineers
BoysR H HCaptainMID LG: 8 February 1901, page: 971. Source: General Buller. 9 November 1900. Re: Lof C - Natal
This page contains all the London Gazette pages for the Boer War
Royal Engineers
BoysR H HCaptainMID LG: 29 July 1902, page: 4841. Source: General Kitchener. 23 June 1902. Re: Final despatch & mentions
This page contains all the London Gazette pages for the Boer War
Royal Engineers
BoysReginald Harvey HendersonCaptainQSA (5) CC DoL OFS Tr LN; KSA
Provisional list of recipients
Source: Ladysmith Siege Account and Medal Roll
Royal Engineers
BoysReginald Harvey HendersonCaptainKSA issued 3 Mar 1904. Awarded DSO. MiD by Roberts 4 Sep 1901; Kitchener 23 Jun 1902.

QSA (4) CC OFS Belf. KSA

TNA ref 159/1; 315/3

CB (Military) Companion's neck badge conversion from a breast badge, silver-gilt, gold and enamel; DSO VR., silver-gilt and enamel, complete with top bar; QSA (5) CC, DoL, OFS, Laing's Nek, Belf (Capt., D.S.O., RE); KSA (2) (Capt., D.S.O., RE); 1914 Star, with clasp (Lt. Col., RE); BWM and VM (MID) (Lt. Col.)

Reginald Harvey Henderson Boys was born on 17 October 1867, son of Admiral Henry Boys, R.N. He entered the Royal Engineers as a Lieutenant on 24 July 1886. Present in Hong Kong during the great plague outbreak of 1894, his sterling service in combating the disease was recognised by the authorities: 'To Lieut. Boys, RE, we are especially indebted - (applause)- for he was the first officer who volunteered, and from the 17th May to the end of the epidemic he gave up all his time (after the completion of his military duties), all his afternoons and Sundays in assisting Mr Crook in the disagreeable work of cleansing and disinfecting the houses. He worked unremittingly at this and also in superintending the detachment of Royal Engineers employed at that work. All who have seen him at work, as well as the Permanent Committee of the Sanitary Board, bear high testimony to his services and conduct' (Ref. Hong Kong Telegraph, 28 September 1894 & Hong Kong Daily Press, 29 September 1894). His services in regard to 'cleansing houses' were deemed so valuable in combating the epidemic that the Permanent Committee of the Sanitary Board made a separate report of the contribution he had made: '(He had) .s.s been at work from the very commencement of the plague to the end. He was the first of many gentlemen outside the ranks of the Civil Service to volunteer for the plague work. He was the last to leave. He has given the whole of his afternoons to the work, superintending the men of the Royal Engineers in their labour in cleansing and disinfecting during the hours of daylight, and assisting Mr Crook in his office till 7 o'clock at night and later in preparing the returns and reports and in arranging the work for the following day. He has not allowed himself any relaxation but has worked most zealously and perserveringly day after day, including Sundays and holidays, throughout the summer, giving the officers of the Sanitary Board and the Committee every advice and every assistance in his power, and setting a noteworthy example to the Non-Commissioned Officers and men of the Royal Engineers working under him. His energy and devotion to his work is, in the opinion of this Committee, deserving not merely of the highest approbation and praise, but of substantial reward. No man in the service has done better work, and the Permanent Committee most strongly recommend that he receive this hearty thanks of the Government for his services, that his conduct be most favourably reported on to his military superiors, and that he may be presented with a sum of $1,000 or its equivalent, in some form that may be acceptable to him, for his four month's work' (Ref. Minutes of the Permanent Committee of the Sanitary Board, 18 September 1894). (Mr John Rowland Crook, mentioned in the above citations, was Executive Engineer in charge of Water and Drainage, Public Works Department, Hong Kong, and was Sanitary Surveyor in charge of disinfecting operations). As a result of his zealous services the young officer was specially presented with an inscribed piece of plate. This plate may well have been awarded in place of a Hong Kong Plague Medal in gold - a medal to which he would undoubtedly have otherwise been entitled. There exists no record of a gold medal having ever been awarded and the absence of the medal from an otherwise complete medal group adds weight to this. His name was also inscribed on a piece of plate similarly presented to the Royal Engineers' Mess. Boys was promoted to Captain on 31 December 1896. Serving in the Boer War, 1899-1902, he took part in operations in Nat, 1899; the DoL; operations in Nat, March-June 1900, and operations in Tr east of Pretoria, July-November 1900. He then served in operations in CC and Orange River Colony, November 1900-31 May 1902 and served as Assistant Director of Army Telegraphs. For his services in the war he was three times mentioned in despatches, created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, and awarded the Queen's medal with five clasps and the King's medal with two. Boys was promoted to Major on 9 April 1905 and advanced to Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 August 1913. He was served as a Staff Captain at the War Office, 1 September 1910-24 July 1913, being employed as the Permanent Secretary of the Royal Engineers Committee. During the Great War he commanded the 2nd Divisional Engineers in France/Flanders, 15 August-2 November 1914. He was wounded on 31 October 1914 when the 1st and 2nd Divisional Headquarters at Hooge Chateau were shelled. After evacuation to England and recovery he was appointed Commandant of the Signal Training Centre from May 1915 and was Deputy Director of Army Signals, Forces in Great Britain, May-November 1918. For his services in the war he was twice mentioned in despatches; created a Companion of the Order of the Bath and on 3 June 1917 was awarded the Brevet of Colonel. Postwar he was appointed Deputy Chief Engineer, Eastern Command on 18 January 1919 with the temporary rank of Brigadier-General. He then served as Acting Adjutant General at the War Office in 1919 until his retirement in 1923. He married twice; firstly in 1896 to Elizabeth Mary Murray, who died in 1908, daughter of Kenneth Murray of Geanies, Co. Ross; and secondly in 1912, to Dorothy Conyers Baker, by whom he had two sons and one daughter. Brigadier-General Boys died on 15 January 1945. DNW Mar 2009 £2900
Royal Engineers, Telegraph Battalion, 1st Division
BoysReginald Harvey HendersonCaptainBOYS, REGINALD HARVEY HENDERSON, Captain, was born 17 October 1867, son of Admiral Henry Boys. He entered the Royal Engineers 24 July 1886. He received the thanks of the community of Hong-Kong and a service of plate for services rendered during the plague in 1894. He became Captain 31 December 1896; served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and took part in operations in Natal, 1899; the defence of Ladysmith; operations in Natal, March to June, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 28 November 1900; operations in Cape Colony and Orange River Colony 30 November 1900, to 31 May 1902; was Assistant Director of Army Telegraphs, Cape Colony. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 February and 10 Sept, 1901, and 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Reginald Harvey Henderson Boys, Captain, Royal Engineers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". He was invested by the King 24 October 1902. He was promoted to Major 9 April, 1905; was Staff Captain, War Office; Commandant, Signal Service Training Centre, 6 May 1915 to 30 November 1915: Deputy Director of Army Signals, Forces in Great Britain, 6 May 1918 to 21 November 1918. He was twice mentioned in Despatches: wounded; was given the Brevet of Colonel 3 June, 1917, and created a CB in 1915. He became Deputy Chief Engineer, Eastern Command, 18 January 1919, with the temporary rank of Brigadier General. Colonel Boys married (1st), in 1896, Elizabeth Mary (who died in 1908), daughter of Kenneth Murray, of Geanies, County Ross. He married (secondly), in 1912, Dorothy Conyers, daughter of Conyers Baker, and they had two sons and one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Engineers
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