Joseph William Alexander (Joe) BOUCHER

BOUCHER, Joseph William Alexander

Service Number: 208
Enlisted: 22 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 16 April 1892
Home Town: Richmond (SA), City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine cleaner
Died: Died of Wounds, Gallipoli (at sea - HMAT Mashobra), Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 30 April 1915, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - (at sea - Panel 32), Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Plympton North Richmond Baptist Church Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia, Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 208, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 208, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 208, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, ANZAC / Gallipoli


Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 22 May 1915

Mr. J. P. Boucher, of Richmond Blocks, whose son has been killed at the front, has received the following letter from the clerk of the West Torrens District Council: —"I have the honor, by direction, to convey to you the sincerest sympathy of my council in the loss you have sustained through the death of your son (Corporal Boucher) on active service. My council highly appreciate the spirit of patriotism which prompted him to enlist for the front, and whilst condoling with you in the loss you have sustained, are proud that he lost his life in upholding the honor of his King and country."

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NOTE: There are mulitple inconsistencies in the transcription of the Given Names for Private Boucher. The names on this Memorial site have been amended to accord with the Field Service return (pg 35 of Service Record) recording death and also the Circular recording the particulars for the Roll of Honour (Australian War Memorial) completed by his Father. Virtual War Memorial Chief Moderator, October 2017.


Son of Joseph Prior and Mary Ann Boucher

Died of wounds aboard 47 HMAT Mashobra and was buried at sea.  He was wounded in action between the 25th and 29th April 1915. Date of death recorded in the Field Service returns as 30 April 1915 (pg 35 of Service Record) .Name entered on Panel 32, Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine

Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal