Memorial: M1804

Memorial in St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire dedicated to  Captain John Boyd RN d. 1861


St Matthew's Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England


'Captain John McNeill BOYD of H.M.S. Ajax, who with five of his brave sailors, perished at KINGSTOWN Ireland in a gallant attempt to rescue from destruction the crews of two vessels driven on the rocks by the Hurricane of the 9th February 1861. To record this heroic act of self sacrifice as well as that rare union of qualities that endeared the warm friend, the manly christian, the intrepid sailor and the considerate commander to all who knew him. This monument is erected by thirty members of the congregation of this church in which his brother ministered for eighteen years'


Vessel: HMS Ajax


Boyd, John McNeill
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Captain Royal Navy, HMS 'Ajax', drowned in attempt to rescue crew of 'Neptune' during hurricane.
Recorder: Rev. William Henry Donnan, 27/10/1970