Born: 1896, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Died: 27th February 1918; age: 21 years & 3 months; Died of Double Pneumonia at Field Hospital No. 3, Camp Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. – 3 months & 6 days.


Rank: Cadet/Mechanic; Service Number Canadian 152607.

Regiment: Royal Flying Corps, Canada, 43rd Wing, R.A.F.


Buried: 28th February 1918.


Grave Reference:

Lot 5.

Greenwood Memorial Park,

Fort Worth,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of  Edward J.E. & Ella M. Bovill, of St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.




1901   Milnthrope, 79, Henley Road, Ipswich.


Claude was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Edward James Eldridge Bovill, 46, a Postmaster – Ipswich – Civil Service, born Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire.

Ella Mary Bovill (nee Smyth), 39, born The Royal Kensington Palace, Kensington, Middlesex.

Violet Mary Bovill, 13, born Leamington, Warwickshire.

Edward Vere Bovill, 10, born Eastbourne, East Sussex.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


1916   Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Claude was 19 years old, a Labourer. He was living at the home of his brother.

Edward Vere Bovill, 25, a Farmer – Immigrated 1910.

Both Anglican.


Claude’s father, Edward James Eldridge died August 1918, of Milnthorpe, 79, Henley Road, Ipswich.


Claude attended Ipswich School – entered 1905.



On the 13th April 1913, 17 year old Claude, arrived at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He had departed from the Port of Liverpool and sailed on the S.S. ‘Virginian.’ Claude was to be a Farm Labourer, at Biggar, Saskatchewan for a relation.


On the 11th April 1914, 20 year old, Claude applied for admission into the U.S.A. at the Port of Sweet Grass, Montana, U.S.A. He was a machinist, could read & write, medium complexion, blue eyes & light brown hair. Nearest relative was his brother Vere Bovill, at Biggar, Saskatchewan.


Soldiers’ Effects – Minister of Militia & Defence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


Next of Kin:

Mother – Ella M. Bovill, of 32, Carew Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Sister – Mrs Violet M. Hewetson, of 26, Victoria Mansions, Grange Road, Willesden Green, London, N.W.10.

Claude is remembered on Ipswich Schools war memorial.

After the U.S. entered World War 1 in 1917, U.S. Army General John Pershing invited the British Royal Flying Corps to conduct its winter training for cadets in Texas. A few months later, as part of a reciprocal agreement Fort Worth was selected as the site of a training camp during the winter for Canadian fliers and American fliers trained at Canadian facilities in Ontario during the summer. The Canadians named the Texas training site at Tarrant Count, ‘Camp Taliaferre.’

The first winter of 1917/1918 was very difficult. Many men had inadequate clothing and lived in tents in the snowy winter. Eight deaths were due to influenza and thirty nine Royal Flying Corps personnel died as a result of aircraft accidents, influenza or other illnesses.

In 1924, the Imperial War Graves Commission purchased a plot at Greenwood Cemetery. Eleven British, Canadian and American men were re-interred, the headstones were erected by the R.A.F. and made from granite stone.


Camp Taliaferro: The British Are Coming, the British Are Coming, Y’all!

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