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John Goucher article in the Express & Star, 8 June 1915

John Goucher article in the Express & Star, 8 June 1915

The announcement of the death of Acting Corporal Goucher, along with his photograph, appeared in the Express & Star on 8 June 1915. The article was very brief, stating that he belonged to the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, and that he was killed in action after being at the Front for ten months. He left behind a widow and child living at 3 Court, Tower Street, Wolverhampton. His entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site confirms his first name as John, and that he died on 18 May 1915.

In the birth registration, there are three possible John Gouchers born in Wolverhampton, between 1887 and 1898. As neither the newspaper article nor the Commonwealth War Graves commission site gives Goucher’s age at death, it may be difficult to confirm which of these he is. It appears that he married an Athalia Baker in 1913 and their son, Constance I. Goucher, was born later that year. As he didn’t get married until 1913, we again cannot really confirm his date of birth via census records etc. There is a 1-year-old John Goucher living at Rough Hills with his parents, which would be the one born in 1898.

He is commemorated at Le Touret Memorial in France.