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Hugh Boyd
Born (1886-04-24)24 April 1886
Died 8 August 1960(1960-08-08) (aged 74)
Sandringham, Victoria

Hugh Julian Boyd MC (24 April 1886 – 8 August 1960) was a dental surgeon, and a former Australian rules footballer who played with University in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He served in the First AIF, and was awarded a Military Cross in 1917.


The son of Hugh Boyd, (1843-1916) M.D.,[1] and Julia Elizabeth Boyd (1855-1927), née Maddox,[2] Hugh Julian Boyd was born in Bendigo on 24 April 1886.[3] His brother, Erle Alwin Greglach Boyd (1892-1970) served in the Royal Australian Navy for 35 years.[4] He married Doris Norah Gosewinckel (1894-1952) on 8 August 1935.[5][6] He died on 8 August 1960.[7]


Educated at St. Andrew's College , Bendigo, at Caulfield Grammar School,[8][9] and at the University of Melbourne.[10] He commenced his dental surgery studies in 1905, and was awarded a Licentiate of Dental Surgery (LDS) in 1911.[11] He graduated Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) in December 1928.[12]


He played one match for the University team in the Victorian Football League (VFL) competition.

He played with the South Bendigo Football Club.[13]

He also played for the Australian Training Units Team, in the 28 October 1916 exhibition match against the Third Australian Divisional Team in London.

Military Service

He enlisted in the First AIF in September 1915.

He was awarded a Military Cross (MC) in 1917:[14]

At Polygon Wood on 25/9/17 this officer was in charge of "A" Coy the right company in the line. He was on the extreme right of the 15 Bde Sector. At 5:30 AM his line was heavily attacked by the enemy. By the vigorous resistance of his Coy the enemy was beaten back and the front line held intact. The enemy penetrated the front & support lines of the 1st Middlesex and enfiladed him by Machine Gun fire. This officer formed a defensive flank & foiled repeated attempts by the enemy to roll up his line. His personal work was magnificent & his courage inspired his men to hold out in a desperate situation. Had he failed to hold his line the success of the attack on the following morning would have been in jeopardy. It was largely owing to his celerity in appreciating the situation that the Brigade front was held intact. (29 September 1917)[15]

See also

  • List of Caulfield Grammar School people
  • "Pioneer Exhibition Game" in London (1916)


  1. Dr. Hugh Boyd Killed: Crushed by Motor Car: Widespread Regret, The Bendigonian, (Thursday, 9 March 1916), p.25; Late Dr. Boyd, The Bendigo Independent, (Tuesday, 7 March 1916), p.3.
  2. Deaths: Boyd, The Argus, (Saturday, 22 October 1927), p17.
  3. Births, The Bendigo Advertiser, (Saturday, 1 May 1886), p.2. Note that the application form within his Service Record shows his age as 28 years and 5 months, and his year of birth as "1887" (rather than 29 years and 5 month, and 1886, respectively).
  4. Biography: Chief Petty Officer Erle Alwin Greglach Boyd, Royal Australian Navy.
  5. Marriages: Hughes—Gosewinckel, The Age, (Saturday, 21 September 1935), p.11.
  6. Deaths: Boyd, The Argus, (Saturday, 16 August 1952), p.15.
  7. Deaths: Boyd, The Age, (Tuesday, 9 August 1960), p.16.
  8. Webber (1981), p.283.
  9. Caulfield Grammar School, The Australasian, (Saturday, 29 December 1900), p.24; Caulfield Grammar School, The Age, (Monday, 23 December 1901), p.6.; College Sports, The Australasian, (Saturday, 6 September 1902), p.26; Caulfield Grammar School, The Australasian, (Saturday, 3 January 1903), p.39; College Sports, The Australasian, (Saturday, 6 June 1903), p.23; College Sports, The Australasian, (Saturday, 20 June 1903), p.23.
  10. Roll of Service Overseas 1914–1918: Roll of the Returned: Boyd, Hugh Julian 1905, The University of Melbourne Record of Active Service of Teachers, Graduates, Undergraduates, Officers and Servants in the European War, 1914–1918, University of Melbourne, (Melbourne), 1926, p.77.
  11. The Dental College: Annual Commencement, The Age, (Tuesday, 14 March 1911), p.11.
  12. Melbourne University, The Age, (Monday, 24 December 1928), p.13.
  13. Returning Soldiers, The Bendigonian, (Thursday, 10 October 1918), p.7.
  14. Awarded the Military Cross (19 November 1917), Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No.120, (Wednesday, 7 August 1918), p.1658,p.1659.
  15. Original recommendation for Honour, Collection of the Australian War Museum.


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