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Anchitel Edward Fletcher Boughey

BOUGHEY, Anchitel Edward Fletcher

Anchitel Edward Fletcher Boughey was born in 1891 in Cambridge to Anchitel Harry Fletcher Boughey and Katherine Annie Lovell. He was the youngest of their four children and the second son. Anchitel and Fletcher were both part of a family naming tradition. Anchitel Snr was a clergyman in the Church of England and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a well-known antiquarian and an expert in heraldry and genealogy, with a passion for campanology.

Anchitel Edward was educated at Marlborough College and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Cambridgeshire Regiment in 1910. However in the 1911 census he was living in London and working as a Bank Clerk. He resigned his commission in 1913 and went to Canada where he worked in the Bank of Montreal. He returned to England as soon as war broke out and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Rifle Brigade in September 1914. He served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders and was wounded at Hooge, near Ypres, in July 1915.

He spent twelve days in Millbank Hospital in London being treated for a gunshot wound in his arm. He was not passed fit for active service and was appointed Instructor to an Officer Cadet Battalion and subsequently given a job at the War Office. In September 1918 he was sent to Ireland on special recruiting work and was returning home when he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October.

He did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered and he was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin. His name is recorded on three War Memorials in Cambridge, on St Mary’s, St Giles and the Guildhall. His brother Charles Lovell Fletcher Boughey fought in the war with the Grenadier Guards.



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