Charles Boucher

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 18, 1881

Born at Montreal Quebec


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59083 (temporary number 1078)

Ø      Next of kin given as Olympe Boucher, wife, of 112 Montreal St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as soldier

Ø      Previous military experience given as 10 ½ years in the RCHA (Royal Canadian Horse Artillery)

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to the Headquarters Company and employed as the Batman to Captain AM Stroud, Signals Officer


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec

There is a newspaper report that Pte Boucher left Canada for England with the Transport Section on April 1, 1915.  I believe this to be in error.  See the entry below for June 8, 1915.


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jun 18, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company and ceased employment as a Batman to Capt Stroud, the Signals Officer


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Jan 6, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being drunk and for being in the town of La Clytte without a pass.  This was not a Court Martial, but punishment handed down by the Commanding Officer.  It is of interest to note that Pte A Chartrand, 59154, received the same punishment for the same offences.


Jan 13, 1916

The punishment was reduced to 14 days Field Punishment by the General Officer Commanding the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade


Sep 15, 1916

During the attack on the Sugar Factory at Courcelette, Pte Boucher was first declared to be missing, then later determined to have died on this date. 

It is of interest to note that Pte A Chartrand, 59154, who was punished earlier with Pte Boucher, was killed in action on the same day and neither of their bodies were recovered.  Both men are listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs Olympe Boucher, at 562 Aylwin St., Montreal, Quebec


Below is the Memorial Wall in Kingston, Ontario

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