Lieutenant Alexander David Boyle RN
Lieutenant Alexander David Boyle is the only known New Zealander to have served at all three major naval battles of World War One.
Always known by his middle name David, Lieutenant Alexander David Boyle came from a very well connected family. The son of Alec Boyle, his first cousin was Sir Bernard Fergusson, Governor-General 1962-1967, and his grandfather was David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow and Governor of New Zealand 1882-1897.
Born at Otaio Canterbury New Zealand in 1887, Boyle was educated at Christ’s College and Wanganui Collegiate School before joining the Royal Navy as a Midshipman and serving in the Channel Fleet, and HMS Powerful, flagship of the Australian Squadron.
Later he was a Sub Lieutenant in HMS Triumph with the Home Fleet before his appointment to HM Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert where he was promoted to Lieutenant.