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William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Phoebe (View posts)
Posted: 17 Jun 2003 5:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Boal
Is anyone related to William Boal who was convicted of the Great Train Robbery in 1903?
Please reply asap.
Yours Sincerely
Phoebe Boal

P.s. He was later proven innocent.

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Linda Scannell (View posts)
Posted: 19 Mar 2006 8:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Aug 2006 5:17AM GMT
Surnames: Boal
I came across your message. I know that William Boal had a son - David Boal born 30th April l951. I know this because I was told his mother was in the next bed to my mother when we were born at Parsons Green maternity hospital Fulham. I went to Halford Road School with the son. Are you related?

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 2 Nov 2009 10:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
David Boal and I were best friends at Halford Road Junior Primary School in Fulham when his Dad was convicted of being one of the Great Train Robbers. Linda Scanell and I were also good friends - we were the the three Linda B's - Burn, Beerling and Benwell. (I was Burn) David was a very intelligent young boy and I sorely missed our friendship after the whole GTR thing blew up. I would love to learn where and how he is if you ever make contact with him. I also knew his sister Debby and his brother Tony as we all went to the same school. Linda Buttery

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 2 Nov 2009 10:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Linda (Burn) Buttery here, Linda (Beerling) Scannell. I hope Phoebe finds David as I've always wanted to know how he coped with such a horrible experience in his young life.My mum and dad wouldn't let me see him after the train robbery, but I don't think he came back to school after that anyway.Get back to me if you will!

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 4 Nov 2009 5:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi my name is Elaine,I used to know Tony Boal and the whole family ive been searching for Tony for years..as far as i can remember David was very intelligent and Debby married and had kids..The family home was 23 Burnthwaite road,sw6 Their mum was called Renee and also they had a nan that lived there..i went to see them one day as i was passing by in poss 1976 and was surprised to know they had moved to Northamptonshire or Norwich
I know that they didnt like using their surname anymore as they were always being pestered by the press ..they may be under psuedos..Dempsey Cooke was a family friend who im told now has a famous son who plays football and also a male called Lenny Percy who is a fireman in London somewhere..i would think that they would have kept in touch ..please let me know if you find any of them best of luck

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 4 Nov 2009 10:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Elaine. I knew David very well, but his younger brother and sister not so well as they were a fair bit younger. We always laughed as David lived at 23 Burnthwaite, and Burn was my maiden name, and I lived at 24 Micklethwaite.I do hope he has managed to move on with his life as he was indeed extremely intelligent and such a nice young boy when I knew him. If it's true that his Dad was eventually found to be innocent, then what a travesty that so many lives should have been spoiled by this. If you get any more info on the family, please share. Thank you.

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 9:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Linda,
I havent checked this memo board for some months and was surprised by the other messages as well as yours..i have tried lots of searches for the family but having no luck at all..im not surprised they had an awful time with the press on their doorstep all the time i witnessed it myself even in the 70's..maybe someone who knows them will leave a message on this board one day ..as soon as i know something i will let you know..
Regards

Elaine

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 18 Jul 2011 3:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Boal
Hi, I knew Bill Boal very well. He had an engineering works in Queens Road, Mortlake and I worked in the shop in front of his business. He must have been there for about 2 years before the GTR. He died in prison which was sad. I never believed he was even there, just handled some of the money.

Brian

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 11:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Brian I'm currently writing a book about the Great Train Robbery for publishers Orion Books. I'd like to talk to you about William Boal. Any chance?
Best regards
Nick

Re: William Boal; convicted of the Great Train Robbery

Posted: 12 Oct 2011 11:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Elaine
Did you ever find any of the Boal family? I'd really like to talk to them as I'm writing a book for the 50th anniversary of the GTR for Orion Books. Everyone I've spoken to says William Boal was not guilty.
Best regards
Nick
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