BOUCHER-MYERS, Bertram William Sydney

Known as: 
Bill
Rank: 
Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
112893
Died : 
Thursday, March 26, 1998
Major Boucher-Myers 4 Commando
Took part in the Lofoten and Dieppe raids receiving a MiD for the the latter [1], after which he was posted to the Staff College at Camberley. In 1946 he served with the East Lancs in India during their transition to independence. In 1949 he was posted to the military mission in Greece followed by a 2 year attachment to the Sudan Army. In 1956 he was posted from the BAOR, Germany, to Aden to assist the Army and Aden Protectorate Levies who were dealing with acts of violence and terrorism [2]. It was during this period that he was awarded his DSO [3].
 
Citation 
On the 30th April 1958, Major Boucher-Myers, when seconded to the Aden Protectorate Levies and in command of No. 3 Company was given the task of gaining a foothold on the Jebel Jehaf plateau preparatory to the relief of a guard fort at As Sarir some three miles beyond the escarpment. This task entailed a precipitous ascent of 2,000 feet dominated from both flanks and commanded by a rock wall with a single exit only three feet wide. When within 300 feet of the top, in the face of intense short range fire, Major Boucher-Myers rallied his men and personally led them during the last critical part of the ascent up to and through the gap. After the enlargement of the foothold on the plateau he led his company forward to the attack, and by 6.40 p.m. had fought his way through to a successful relief. Throughout an engagement lasting fourteen hours, in, gruelling heat and in spite of all difficulties and dangers Major BOUCHER-MYERS, by his leadership, gallantry and endurance contributed greatly to the success of an important operation [3].
 
Post war he was an active member of the Commando Association and was President of the Association during the years 1983/4 and later 1993/4. He was chairman of their Central Ayrshire Branch from 1st September 1952 until his death on the 26th March 1998 [4].  
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 35729, page 4328.
[2] + [image] CVA Gallery.
[3] London Gazettes Supp. 41555, page7191.
[4] Commando Association newsletter 107 issued August 1998.
 

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