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Swinden, Gregory James
Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
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Boyd, Erle Alwyn Greglach (Chief Petty Officer 1892 - 1970)
Research by Commander Greg Swinden about Chief Petty Officer Erle Alwyn Greglach Boyd (1892-1970). Boyd joined the Australasian Naval Forces in 1911 and was transferred to the newly created RAN and promoted to Able Seaman in 1913. At the outbreak of WWI, he was serving on HMAS Warrego which then went to New Guinea. Boyd returned to Australia in 1915 and was posted to the RAN College where he was instrumental in rescuing men after they capsized in bad weather (he swam the three miles back to shore to raise the alarm). For this he was awarded the Royal Humane Society of NSW Silver Medal and Certificate of Merit. He then served in the Indian Ocean and the North Sea. He continued to serve in the RAN after the armistice and was promoted to Leading Seaman in 1919 and Petty Officer in 1920 serving on various ships and acting as an training instructor. He left the RAN in 1933 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer and joined the Royal Australian Fleet Reserve. Boyd rejoined the RAN at the outbreak of WWII. He was involved in convoy escort duties, amphibious landings and anti raider patrols throughout South East Asia, the South west Pacific and Australian waters. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1944. Boyd was discharged from the RAN in 1946, at the age of 55 at the rank of Chief Boatswains Mate.