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He was the son of Thomas and Mary Boyington of 12 Jackson Terrace, Simkin Street, Nottingham. He was the husband of Alice Boyington (formerly Brinkworth, nee Smart) and the father of Alfred (b. 3 June 1899), Louisa Marie (b. 1902), George (b. 1906) and Nellie Boyington (b. 1909). Apart from Louisa who was born in Leicester, the other three children were born in Nottingham. Thomas and Alice were married in 1902 (Nottingham registration district). Alice had previously been married to William Henry Brinkworth (30 March 1989) but he had petitioned for a divorce in 1897 on the grounds of her adultery in 1891 with a Thomas Lowe. Although William claimed the marriage to be childless there was one son, Clarence William Brinkworth (b. 23 August 1888), who was living with his parents in 1891. (For details of Alice and her first marriage see T2T record for Clarence William Brinkworth.) In 1901 Thomas (30) and Alice (38), who called herself Alice Boyington, were living at 12 Dryden Street, Leicester, boarders in the household of John Stanley, a shoe and bootmaker. With them were their son, Alfred (1 month) and Clarence Brinkworth (12), described as Thomas' stepson. Thomas was a bill poster. Ten years later in 1911 the family was living at 8 Rocke Terrace, Lower Eldon Street, Nottingham. Thomas was still a bill poster, now working for Rockleys, and Alice was a lace worker (at home). All four of their children were at home; Alfred (12), Louisa (8), George (5) and Nellie (2). Alice's son, Clarence, had joined the Royal Navy in 1904. According to information in a parish register for Nottingham St Mary's church, they later lived at 15 Simon's Terrace, Westminster Street, Nottingham. Details on the parish register show that Thomas' son, Alfred served in the Royal Navy and there is a record that he was in the RNVR (Bristol Division, service number Z/6090) and served from 1916. Alice's son, Clarence, was killed on 14 December 1917 while serving in HMS Egmont. He left a widow, Edith. There is a record of a Mrs Alice Mary Boyington travelling to and from Australia in 1924 and 1925 and the names of Alfred and George Boyington appear on an index of Australian WW2 Military Service so the boys may have emigrated to Australia after the war. An Alice Mary Boyington is also listed on an index of deaths (Australia).
In 1911 he was a bill poster for Rockley's.
22 Nov 1916
499277 - CWGC Website
2nd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Pte. Boyington enlisted in Nottingham, but was wounded in November 1916 and sent down the line to hospital at Etaples, where he died on 22 November 1916. He was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery (XX. B. 7A.). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. According to the Medal Roll, his qualifying date in theatre was 11 September 1915, theatre Balkans. Military Research by Peter Foster
See also: Clarence William Brinkworth, Royal Navy Nottingham St Mary's parish register, p848 (1917): '15 Simon’s Terrace, Westminster St. BOYINGTON, Alfred (-) [Thomas Alfred] killed November 1916, Alfred (son) Navy St A [St Ann’s]' Nottingham St Mary's parish register, page 853 (entry 1917): 'No 15 Simon’s Terrace, Westminster Street. BOYINGTON, Alfred (-) killed, Nov/16, Alfred (son) Navy, St A. [St Anne’s church]' (Nottinghamshire Archives, ref. PR, 6786)
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