No.T/207416, Private, John Fletcher BOUGHEY
Aged 35

3rd/4th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
formerly # 242035 East Kent Regiment (The Buffs)
Killed in Action on Thursday 4th October 1917

John Boughey was born in Wolverhampton on 11th June 1882 (Wolverhampton Q3-1882 6B:540), son of William Fenton Fletcher and Caroline BOUGHEY (née CUBITT).

1891 census...Aged 8, he was at 30 Mattock Lane, Ealing with his widowed mother Caroline BOUGHEY [51], born Bucklesham, Suffolk; brother William C.F. [16] born Blommsbury, London; sister Henrietta E [14] born Marylebone; brother Edward H.F. [12] born Norwich; twin brother George F. and brother Alfred F. [7] born Wolverhampton. His father, William Fletcher Fenton BOUGHEY had died in 1890. Brother Richard F had died in 1880 and brother Cecil F died in 1885.

1901 census...Aged 18, a banker's clerk, he was still at 30 Mattock Lane, with his mother, brother William, sister Henrietta and twin brother George (also a banker's clerk).

1911 census...Aged 28, single, a banker's clerk, he was still at 30 Mattocks Lane, Ealing with his mother and brothers William and George.

His brother Commander Alfred Fletcher Coplestone-Boughey-Royal Navy aged 33,was killed in the Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916 on H.M.S. "Defence." He has no known grave either and is therefore commemorated on the PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Panel Reference:10.

The connection for Brinkley appears to be the death in Brinkley of his brother Edward Harry Fletcher BOUGHEY and the plaque in the Church regarding a naval ensign that was used at the memorial service for John and Alfred. This ensign is no longer on public display.

Enlisted in London, resident in Hanwell, Middlesex.
On the 4th October 1917 the 3/4th Battalion, The Queen's Regiment were part of the Second Army’s attack where the 21st and 7th Divisions assaulted the Broodseinde and Becelaere Ridge’s (3rd Battle of Ypres). At 03:00 the battalion moved to the start position and at 06:00 the attack started. Juniper Trench and Judge Trench systems were taken, but with heavy casualties.
82 of the battalion were killed that day, only 6 have identified graves.

John Boughey is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium - panels 14-17 and 162-162A

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