Sergeant Major Bouchier

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Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby Cray1967 » 04 Jun 2016 17:04

Hi I have happened across three generations of a families medals- I am particularly interedsted in findinding out more about. Henry Charles Bouchier Sergeant Major 6 Dragoons His medals are Crimean. Clasp Sebastobal . Indian Mutiny . Clasp Delhi.
Turkish Crimea. Queen Victoria Meritorious Service Medal. Can someone point me in the best direction to research this gentleman please . Kind Regards Jon
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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby Banker » 05 Jun 2016 02:02

Jon, From the Indian Mutiny Medal Roll:

Bouchier, Henry Charles, 703, Sergeant, 6 DG, D, Slight Wound, Kukerowlie, 30 April 1858.

I couldn't see him on the roll for the Crimea but this is very hard to read so he may be there.

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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby crimea1854 » 05 Jun 2016 07:53

I believe your man died in Ashton-in-Makerfield. Probate was granted in which he is described as Sergeant Major of Lancashire Hussar Yeomanry. He died 19 August 1870 leaving an estate of £237.10s to Henry James Bouchier. There is a note of his burial in the parish of St Thomas, Ashton in which his age is given as 49 and that he died of Cirrhotic Ascites.

There is an Irish record of a marriage of a Henry Charles Bouchier to a Sarah McEleney that took place in Cork in 1851, but I have no more details.

Finally he and Sarah had a daughter, Mary, baptised in Richmond, London on 2 July 1854.

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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby Cray1967 » 05 Jun 2016 08:50

Many Thanks for your replies. Interesting facts. Regards Jon
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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby crimea1854 » 07 Jun 2016 08:30

The pay to view site Find my Past has a service record to a Henry C Boucher born 1821, Rathkeale, Limerick, Ireland which might be your man. I no longer have a subscription to check this further, but another member of the forum might, or you could buy a few credits and take a punt.

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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby Larmo » 11 Jun 2016 14:49

Hi Jon

I did some digging on Ancestry, and found him listed as 703 Troop Sgt Major, Boucher, Chas Henry, in the Crimea Medal rolls for the Carabiniers. As stated previously, his discharge papers are available on Find My Past, with his medical report being very interesting. It states, that on the 24th September 1862 he fell from his horse while participating in a field exercise at Aldershot, fracturing his arm, and having a squadron of cavalry riding over him. The fracture resulted in a permanent deformity of his arm, making him unfit for further service, or, for being able to earn a living as a Laborer. This document is dated 1863.

His conduct is listed as Very Good, his name was never entered into the Defaulters Book, and he was never tried by a Court Martial. His service for the Crimea and India is also mentioned along with his LSGC medal. He was credited for service of 24 years 53 days.

That's quite a story, thanks for posting this as I enjoyed looking him up, took a little bit though, had to use some other soldiers names to pull up the roster for the Crimea and found him with his name slightly misspelled.

Any chance for a photo of his medals being posted here?

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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby Cray1967 » 13 Jun 2016 10:43

Hi Larry Thankyou so much for that amazing information. As soon as work out how to resize a photo I will post it , in the meantime I am happy tio E mail a pic to you Kind Regards Jon
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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby Cray1967 » 13 Jun 2016 10:56

Hopefully a photo as requested.
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Re: Sergeant Major Bouchier

Postby Larmo » 13 Jun 2016 15:50

Hi Jon

You are very welcome, it was my pleasure and it enabled me to hone my skills a bit more in digging out details on a soldiers record. Thanks also for posting a photo of his medals, wonderful....you must be very proud of them and rightly so.

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