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BOURCHIER, Norman Gerald (1898-1969)

BOURCHIER, Norman Gerald (1898-1969)

Norman Gerald Bouchier was born on 23 March 1898 in Geelong, the only child of Gideon Bourchier and Anna Maria nee Tulloch, of 'Boomagong', Yarroweyah.

On 2 June 1913 he was enrolled as a day student in Form VA at Geelong College remaining at the School as a boarder until December 1914 when he left from Form VA. He had previously attended Koonoomoo State School.

During World War I, he enlisted (No 3821) as a Private on 30 May 1917, and embarked on HMAT Commonwealth for Egypt on 2 November with the 4th Light Horse (30th Reinforcement Group). His attestation papers state that he served 1 year in the Cadets before World War I.He returned to Australia, embarking 15 June 1919.

He also served in World War II

He died on 2 March 1969.

His brothers, Cyril Hector Bourchier (1901-1973) and Eric Lawrence Bouchier (1904-1985) were also educated at Geelong College.

His cousin, Lieutenant Colonel Murray William James Bourchier commanded the Regiment in Sinai-Palestine, and was invested with the Companion of St Michael and St George for his part in the advance from Sasa to Damascus, and DSO at Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

Sources: Based on an edited extract from Geelong Collegians at the Great War compiled by James Affleck. p142 (citing Pegasus; National Archives.); NAA B2455 Bouchier, N G.
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