Walter Boughey and Richard Bradley


Boughey is not a common surname. Its main concentration is in the north-west midlands, in the counties of Staffordshire and Shropshire. Indeed in 1881, the densest concentration of bearers of the name was to be found in the area now known as Telford, which is very close to where Walter was born. We do not yet know who his parents were because the 1891 census shows him living with his grandparents, John (born about 1832 in Newport, Shropshire) and Martha Boughey (born about 1833 in Waters Upton in Shropshire). John was a wooden roof maker. At some point, Walter moved to Hoylake, where he worked for Baxter’s of Market Street as a butcher. He married Sarah Jane Morris (born about 1886 in Hoylake) in Hoylake Parish Church on 31st January 1910. By 1911, they were living in a five-roomed terraced house in Elm Grove. Sadly, their only child had already died.

Badge of the Royal Fusiliers

Badge of the Royal Fusiliers

Walter joined the Army Service Corps as a butcher in January 1915 and was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers in November 1916. His battalion was part of 190 Brigade, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, which was involved in the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme and then in the Battle of Arras, specifically in the Second Battle of the Scarpe on 23rd and 24th April and the Battle of Arleux on the 28th and 29th April 1917. Walter must have fallen during the latter battle and his body never identified. His wife was originally informed that he was missing. His death was not confirmed until about the middle of October.

Birth: June 1881 in Wellington, Shropshire
Death: 29th April 1917
Addresses: King Street, Wellington (91-01), 3 Elm Terrace, Elm Grove, Hoylake (11)
Occupation: Butcher
Units: Army Service Corps and 7th Bn. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
Number and Rank: S/4/041908 and G.S./52361, Private
Medals: Victory and British War
Commemorated and Buried: GH, H, France: Arras Memorial Bay 3
Sources: BR, CWGC, SDGW, MC, BN, DA, Census: 91, 01, 11


Badge of the Royal Fusiliers

Badge of the Royal Fusiliers

Due to his having apparently been missed off every kind of contemporary record apart from his medal card, Richard is one of our local war dead about whom we know hardly anything. The only fact we can add to the basic notes which appear below is that he enlisted in Birkenhead. He died during the Third Battle of Ypres on a date which is not associated with any great attacks being carried out by his battalion.

Please add any details or extra ideas you might have about this man at the foot of this post.

Birth: March 1898 in Liverpool
Death: 30th August 1917
Addresses: ?
Occupation: ?
Unit: 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Number and Rank: 29513 Private
Medals: Victory and British War
Commemorated and Buried: WK. Belgium: Ypres, Tyne Cot Memorial panel 61-63
Sources: BR, CWGC, SDGW, MC


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  2. Regarding Walter Boughey, a record of his marriage to Sarah Jane Morris names his father as Thomas Boughey. It appears that Thomas was the fifth son of John Boughey and Martha (nee Tudor; she married John at Newport, Shropshire on 4 December 1853).

    In 1891, while Walter Boughey was staying with his grandparents, his parents Thomas (29, born Wellington, a hoop maker) and Hannah (21, born Dawley) were living with their 2 year old son (Walter’s brother) Thomas at Haygate Road in Wellington.

    The marriage of Thomas Boughey (24, a hoop maker, of Wellington, father John Boughey, same occupation – not a roof maker) and Hannah Webb (18, a servant, of Dawley, father Richard Smith, a collier – she was also, despite her father’s surname, a spinster) took place at Holy Trinity, Dawley on 8 Aug 1886, which fits well with the birth of Walter in 1887 (he would not have been born in 1881 as stated in the article above, being only 4 years of age on the 1891 census). And just to be clear on the occupation of Walter’s grandfather John Boughey – the census records (and the marriage record of Thomas Boughey) all show that he was a (wooden) hoop maker, not a roof maker.

    Hope this helps!

  3. Regarding Richard Bradley, I have a recording of his elder sister Jessie, my great aunt, stating that his mother was informed that he had been killed whilst on sentry duty.

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