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Postby jrdrury » 22 Oct 2016 19:02

hi all

......just wondered if anyone could identify a word for me - its from some divisional orders for the crimea - re a trench system .....
any help much appreciated

thanks
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Re: word identification

Postby jf42 » 22 Oct 2016 20:34

Well, clearly it's 'Boyzos'.

Or 'Bigeos'.

Or something like that.

Hope that helps.
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Re: word identification

Postby jrdrury » 22 Oct 2016 22:30

the rest of the paragraph reads ...

....the covering party will be on the right, the attacking party next to them and the support following. The covering party and the attack party will occupy the parallel and the pitts on the right of the quarries the support will occupy two Boysos ? in the right front of the old advance.

trying to work our what one of those is ....
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Re: word identification

Postby Larmo » 22 Oct 2016 22:59

Ok, admittedly a long shot, how about an archaic, or a simple misspelling of Bays' Bayes? :wink:
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Re: word identification

Postby A.Roads » 22 Oct 2016 23:29

Start with B & ends with eos. The e is identical to other e's in the same sentence. Third letter in almost certainly a y & second letter looks more like an o that any other letter, especially looking at some of his other very narrow o's. Which gives you Boyeos as what he has written & quite clearly at that as far as copperplate goes, some documents are a struggle all the way through with words that can never be resolved. I'd say he has borrowed this word from somewhere other than the English language & suggest looking at Turkish, Russian & French words for clues.
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Re: word identification

Postby jf42 » 23 Oct 2016 01:06

Might it derive from the name of a battery position or other field work named after an officer, that had been incoprorated into the siege works? The phonetic rendering of a French name, for instance, might explain the exotic aspect.

EDIT: On reflection, if it's two Boyzoes the above suggestion is less likely to be an explanation. The contraction of a military term seems more likely, although there are no guiding apostrophes to help.
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Re: word identification

Postby mike snook » 23 Oct 2016 13:55

James

'...they were ordered to follow the covering and ladder parties into and out of two boyaux or saps running forward at an angle from the fifth parallel...'

Pemberton, Battles of the Crimean War, p. 214.

French engineering term for a type of trench, mis-rendered by the writer by the look of it.

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Re: word identification

Postby jrdrury » 23 Oct 2016 14:02

fantastic - thanks :-)
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Re: word identification

Postby dianejar » 26 Oct 2016 16:43

Gosh .... and here's me, thinking Boyaux is a Welsh term of affection :)

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