Richard Edgar Boughton

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 19, 1876

Born in London England


Mar 3, 1909

Embarked the SS Lake Erie at Liverpool England with his wife, Mary, and daughter Violet


Mar 14, 1909

Disembarked at Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Apr 1, 1911

Address on the 1911 census shown as 4 Hendrick Ave, Toronto, Ontario with his wife and daughter


Aug 14, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion at Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Number 171035

Ø      Next of kin given as Violet Lucille Ann Boughton, daughter, of 952 St. Clair Ave., W., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Plumber

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Sep 25, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal, Quebec as part of the Battalion’s 1st Reinforcing Draft


Oct 6, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe and on arrival there, the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp as part of a draft of 227 reinforcements from Shorncliffe.  On arrival Pte Boughton was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O front line trench system


May 12, 1916

Admitted to the No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Myalgia in the lower back.  This was later changed to read Lumbago


May 14, 1916

Transferred to No 2 Divisional Rest Station


May 18, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at Mont des Cats for additional recuperation


May 26, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in the “B” Camp at Dickebusch


Sep 16, 1916

After the 21st Battalion had captured the Sugar Factory at Courcelette on the previous day, they were ordered to take the Sunken Road beyond the current position.  It was heavily defended by both German machine gun positions and very accurate artillery fire.  The Battalion suffered heavy losses and Pte Boughton was one of those killed in action.

He was initially buried in a field near the Sunken Road trench and the location was recorded.  When the war ended, the Graves Registration Commission exhumed his body and reburied it in the Courcelette British Cemetery, 1 kilometre west of the village of Courcelette, France.

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his widow, Mrs Mary Luckford, (she had remarried) at 155-42nd Ave., W., Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his daughter, Violet L. Anne Baril, 2360 Larch St., Vancouver, British Columbia

No Memorial Cross was issued


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