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Sergeant William Wilson Boyd (1878-1922)

Policing the Prairies

Born in Ontario, William came west with his family in 1890 and homesteaded southwest of the City. At 19, he joined the North West Mounted Police and was involved in the stand-off with Almighty Voice near Duck Lake. He served with the force in the Yukon during the gold rush. He also served overseas during the First World War with the Construction Engineers. Promoted to sergeant while overseas, he was invalided back to Canada in 1919. He resigned from the RCMP after the war and returned to farming just south of the RCMP barracks. His war injuries contributed to his death.

Born in Grey County, Ont., William and his family came to the Regina district in 1890 and established a homestead southwest of what was then the town of Regina. He moved into Regina in 1897 and joined the North West Mounted Police (NWMP). Later, after serving on the force for only a few months, he was selected because of his splendid physique and smart military appearance as a member of the NWMP contingent that was to be sent to Britain to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, in 1898. However, a disturbance in the Duck Lake district canceled the overseas trip and forced the Mounties into action against an Indian uprising led by Almighty Voice.

In the Regina NWMP, William was transferred to the Yukon division to help monitor the gold rush. During the First World War, he joined the 10th Canadian Military Regiment in June of 1915 and served in France with the Construction Engineers. He was promoted to sergeant before being invalided back to Canada in June of 1919. He resigned from the NWMP and returned to Regina where he operated a farm south of the RCMP Barracks. He never married.