Regiment : Gloucestershire Regiment
Service number : 31992
Conflict : WW1
Memorial : Suckley St John the Baptist Church WW1 Memorial
Lakes, Whitbourne, Suckley
William Boucher, head, age 82, widower, born Hallow, Worcester
Annie Boucher, daughter, age 58, single, born St Clements, Worcester
John Burrup, boarder, age 58, widower, Farm Labourer
Thomas Boucher, grandson, age 13, at school, born Birmingham
Rose Boucher, granddaughter, age 10, at school, born Birmingham
Louisa Boucher, granddaughter, age 8, at school, born Birmingham
Thomas Boucher enlisted in the Herefordshire Regiment on 20th November 1914 in Hereford. On his attestation paper he gave his address as The Lakes, Whitbourne near Worcester and his age as 17 years 5 months. There is a slight conflict of information with regard to his occupation prior to enlisting – a piece of paper attached to the front page of his attestation form states he was a milkman for Needs Dairy, Malvern, while his discharge papers state his last occupation as a farm labourer for 1 year for Mr C. Collins, Yearsett Court, Linton, Hereford. Thomas gave his next of kin as his father, Thomas Boucher, 1 Back of 53 Lister St, Gosta Green, Birmingham. He was posted to the 1st Hereford Reserve Battalion, remaining in England until December 1916 when he was transferred to the Gloucestershire Regiment and posted on 23rd December 1916 to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. On 22nd October 1917 he was wounded in the field with a gunshot wound to the hand. After treatment in France he was brought back to England and admitted to a hospital in Leeds. He was discharged from the army as no longer physically fit for war service on 16th April 1918 having served 3 years and 148 days. He was hoping to find light indoor employment in the Great Malvern area as his intended residence on discharge was 4 Barbers Hill, Pound Bank, Great Malvern. Thomas was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
I can find no death registration for this casualty.