Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Second Lieutenant Stanley Henry Parry Boughey V.C., 1st/4th Battalion, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, died three days after being wounded during action in Palestine.
Educated at Claremont Council School and Clifton College in Blackpool, Second Lieutenant Boughey was also a founder member of the 1st Blackpool scout troop and an accomplished swimmer and cricketer. After leaving school he was employed by a solicitor. His voluntary involvement with the St. John Ambulance Brigade and the Red Cross proved invaluable at the outbreak of the Great War when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Second Lieutenant Boughey qualified as a first-aider and was sent to France in October of 1914 where he worked on ambulances and as a medical orderly. In June of 1915 he suffered from appendicitis and was sent home to England to recuperate; still in hospital after six months, he was discharged from the army. The following May he enlisted again, this time with the Ayrshire Yeomanry. After their disbandment, he was commissioned into the Royal Scots Fusiliers, and after officer training was sent to Egypt at first, then in early September onto Palestine.
On the 1st of December in 1917 he was wounded in action against the Ottoman army, prior to the capture of Jerusalem. For his actions that day he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the citation for which reads: “For most conspicuous bravery. When the enemy in large numbers had managed to crawl up to within 30 yards of our firing line, and with bombs and automatic rifles were keeping down the fire of our machine guns, he rushed forward alone with bombs right up to the enemy, doing great execution and causing the surrender of a party of 30. As he turned to go back for more bombs he was mortally wounded at the moment when the enemy were surrendering.” He lies buried in the Gaza War Cemetery.
Stanley, born in Liverpool, was 21 years old.