Queens’ South Africa, 2 bars Relief of Kimberley, Orange Free State, King’s South Africa Medal, 2 bars, 2619 Pte J. Boyce, 1st Battalion Oxfordshire Light Infantry, wounded in action at Klip Drift on 16th Feb 1900.
John Boyce was born during 1867 in Cranham, Gloucester. He attested for service at Oxford on 14th December 1886 aged 19, for service with the Oxfordshire Light Infantry.
The battle at Klip Drift from “Our Regiments in South Africa” by Stirling:
“The Oxfordshire Light Infantry had, along with the Buffs and Gloucesters, sharp fighting with Cronje’s rear- guard on 16th February 1900. The enemy were found to be occupying a large kopje on the right bank of the Modder River for the purpose of covering the retreat of their main body and convoy. With difficulty the Oxford Light Infantry got across and then advanced to the attack of the position. Several companies got within 200 yards of the enemy, while the West Riding Regiment endeavoured to turn the enemy’s flank, but the Boers held on stubbornly till darkness. The Oxford Light Infantry lost 10 killed and about 40 wounded.”
He would see the following service:
Home 14th Dec 1886 – 1st Sept 1890
India 2nd Sept 1890 – 30th Sept 1890
Burma 1st Oct 1890 – 1st Dec 1892
India 2nd Dec 1892 – 29th Nov 1894
Home 30th Nov 1894 – 21st Dec 1899
South Africa – 22nd Dec 1899 – 31st March 1900
Home 1st Apr 1900 – 21st Sept 1900
South Africa 22nd Sept 1900 – 13th July 1902
Home 14th July 1902 – 6th March 1903.
Total service of 16 years and 225 days.
He died on 30th April 1944, in Skipton, Yorkshire.