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   Lieutenant William James Boal D.C.M.
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 08/01/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Kestrel, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 24/12/1894
Died: 24/02/1942 (Died by accident)
Age: 47
William James Boal was the eldest son of Robert and Jane Boal. He was born on 24th December 1894 in Belfast. He was one of six children. The family lived in Dromore, County Down and Lurgan. William enlisted in WW1 and served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He received a D.C.M. at the end of the war. He married to Sarah Margaret of Tobermore. William signed up in World War Two and he became a pilot with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Lieutenant William Boal D.C.M. was working as a pilot instructor when he killed as the result of an air collision with another plane in England on 24th February 1942. He was 47 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Draperstown St Columba COI Ch.yard
  Draperstown, Co Londonderry, 6
Grave Ref: none
CWGC Casualty 2931428
There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1939-1945 war here.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Tobermore War Memorial - WW2 Tobermore
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Boal family 1901 census lists William as age 6 living with the family at house 9 in Ballynaris, Dromore Rural, Down
2 1911 Census lists Boal family 1911 census lists William James as age 16 living with the family at house 6 in Queen's Street, Lurgan Urban, Armagh
3 Forum Discussion (Belfast) Details of Lieutenant William Boal D.C.M.
4 National Archives UK Medal card of 19903 Private William Boal can be purchased here (WW1)
5 RNVR Officers WW2 Brief details including date of award of D.C.M. (WW1)
6 Royal Naval Association Brave Report Issue 33 includes details of Lieutenant William Boal D.C.M.
7 St Columba's Church of Ireland Brief details and grave photo
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieutenant William Boal D.C.M.'s grave can be purchased here
9 ww2 in Northern Ireland Brief details and grave photo
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