There is some uncertainty about this account, in that the Roll of Honour of our Winkleigh men contains the name H. Boundy who served in the Devonshire Regiment. There are two medal cards in existence bearing the name H. Boundy, but neither of these soldiers served in the Devons.
The only Henry recorded in the Winkleigh 1911 census is Richard Henry Boundy, aged 12, who would have been eligible for enlistment only in 1917, and might have been in training at the end of the war. We have several examples of medal cards not being issued in these circumstances. If there was indeed a mistake in the transcript of the Roll of Honour, and it was indeed Richard Henry Boundy’s name that it was intended to preserve, then our account begins with the earlier history of the Isaac family, a name preserved in the naming of our Richard Boundy’s youngest sister Muriel Lucy Isaac Boundy
Ephraim Batt Isaac who was 87 years old in 1911 was the senior member of one of the most important farming families in Winkleigh. When married, he came from High Bickington and moved into a house in Park Place as a farmer. From there he went to Clotworthy, a large farm at the end of the village on the Exeter road. When his wife died, he passed Clotworthy to one of his sons and moved back into a house in New Town. Not happy there, he moved into Westcotts and installed the Boundy family there (his daughter Ada having married William Boundy, our Richard's father). Ephraim B Isaac also had his other daughter Lucy there as house keeper for him. By 1911, the Boundy family had moved into a house in Vine Street but still farming. The Isaacs still lived in Clotworthy with the other Isaacs at other farms in the parish. The 1911 Vine Street census shows William Boundy, 46, married for the past 14 years to Ada Mary, 43, and described as a dressmaker. With them was Lucy Jane her sister, 50 and single. There were four Boundy children, Richard Henry then aged 12 and his three sisters, Edith Catherine Jane, 10, Ada Kathleen, 8, and Muriel Luch Isaac, 5, all born in Winkleigh.
Our Richard Henry Boundy was therefore 15 years old when the war broke out, eligible for conscription in 1917, but with no medal card and no surviving military documents.
We can only await further help from someone in the Boundy family, or other descendents, to assist with further information.
16 July 2011