William Boyes

William Boyes was born in Bolton in 1921.

He was the son of William and Annie Boyes of Haulgh, Bolton.

His father, William Boyes, was an engineer.

William had one sister, Phyllis Boyes, who was born in 1922.

Bill attended Bolton Church Institute between 1933 and 1938 (VI Form) and played football for the school 1st XI in his final two years.


Football 1st XI 193

1st XI Football Team 1937

Football 1st XI 1937-38

1st XI Football Team 1937-38

Football 1st XI 1937-38

School Senior Champion medal 1937 / 1938 / 1939


William's War

William served in 225 group, 215 and 99 Squadrons.

No Squadron is given on his CWGC listing which might suggest an accidental rather than operational death.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
26 May 1944

Airman Killed In India

Sergt-Nav. William K [sic] Boyes (22) RAF, 5, Hope-ave, Bolton, has been killed in India. He joined the Forces in October 1941, and was previously employed by Bradshaw, Gass, and Hope, architects, Silverwell-st, Bolton, and was an ex-chorister of Bolton Parish Church. Sergt. Boyes had attended the Church Institute. He was one of the first to enlist in the old LDV, and became a member of the Bolton Home Guard.



William K Boyes

William Boyes

Sergeant (Navigator/Bomber): 1504896

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Born: Bolton 1921

Died: India 22 May 1944

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