Jephunnep Boyt

Memorial: Thornbury - St Mary's Church

Regiment: Royal Armoured Corps

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Corporal

Parents: Edwin Andrews Boyt and Flora Boyt

Home address: Crossways, Thornbury, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Apprentice at Councell and Sons Grocers

Date of birth: 1919

Date of death: 22/03/1943

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia and commemorated on St Mary’s War Memorial and in Thornbury Cemetery on the grave in which his parents and sister Gwynneth were later buried

Age: 23

Further information:

Jephunnep was the son of a master tailor and he worked at Councells the local grocers for 5 years from when he left school, until he was called up. He was in a summer camp with the Royal Tank Regiment when War was declared in 1939 and he was mobilised immediately.

Boyt served with "C" Squadron, 50th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Boyt’s regiment joined the 4th Armoured Brigade ‘The Desert Rats’ and fought in the North African Campaign. In August 1942 his tank took a direct hit and he was in hospital for four months. After a further month he managed to re-join his regiment but was killed in action 2 months later, during the battle of Mareth where his regiment fought a heroic action against the 15th Panzer Division. Jephunnep was described by his officers as popular, eager to work and always cheerful.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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