One of the few of your clan, you died…
Who fought in so many wars over the years –
Your young bride, the tears she must have cried,
To see realised a spouses fears…
What a shadow under which to be born,
The story of your father, though little known!
It must have made you proud, to take to the skies,
Your fathers son, to a man to have grown…
Your name, on a stone, a story hides,
Of one of Longford’s diasporas scattered sons
Who in British uniform fought and died
One of the few of your folk to die at an enemies guns.
You, your comrades lost to a man,
Small comfort killed a warrior of the seas…
Your body lies in waters off Rockall
Neath the tossing waves stirred to fury by seastorms breeze.
The SS Almeda Star, the boat John Darrell Boyd died on
The U96 – the boat that sank the SS Almeda Star
Captain of the U96, who killed John Darrell Boyd