Henry Mason Boucher (MC)

Name

Henry Mason Boucher (MC)

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

23/04/1918
27

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Captain
Somerset Light Infantry
3rd Bn., attached 1st Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched
Military Cross

Cemetery/Memorial

CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY
IV. A. 21.
France

UK Memorials

Ashlyns School Memorial, Berkhamsted
Haileybury College St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour, Hertford
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Hertford
St Mary’s Church, Clevedon, Somerset

Pre War

Born 31 Oct 1890 in Hertford son of Dr Arthur Henry and Mary Edith Victoria (Catling) Boucher later of "Wickham House," Clevedon, Somerset and baptised on 22 Nov 1890 in St Andrews, Hertford. Educated at Haileybury College 1906-08. After leaving school he entered the Chinese Maritime Customs and was serving at Teugguch when the war broke out. He at once gave up his appointment, and came home to serve his country.

Wartime Service

Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Somerset Light Infantry and entered France with the 6th Battalion on 6 Sep 1915. He saw much fighting on the Somme, and returned to England, wounded in September 1916, being mentioned in despatches. He was promoted Captain and rejoined his battalion in France in early 1917. In August of that year he was again wounded more severely at Inverness Copse. He was in hospital for some time, but on recovery was sent to Ireland, where he was stationed until 2 Apr 1918, when he was ordered to join the 1st Battalion in France. He took part in the successful attack on 14 Apr 1918 when prisoners and machine guns were taken, and the German counter attack was completely repulsed. He was fighting with his battalion when he was killed in action.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox