The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £430

Estimate: £400 - £450

A Royal Visit M.V.O. group of four awarded to Paymaster Captain E. Boucher, Royal Navy

The Royal Victorian Order
, M.V.O., Member’s 4th Class breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, the reverse officially numbered ‘1186’; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Asst. Paymr., R.N., H.M.S. Forte); British War and Victory Medals (Payr. Lt. Cr., R.N.), the second with officially corrected initial, generally good very fine (4) £400-450


M.V.O. London Gazette 10 November 1925.

Edward Boucher was born in January 1880 and entered the Royal Navy in July 1897, being appointed a Clerk in July of the following year. Joining H.M.S. Forte in April 1902, he served briefly off South Africa during that ship’s second Boer War commission, and was present in her when she collided with the S.S. Nautilus in thick fog in Lambert’s Bay in the following month - one rating was injured.

Boucher served in the cruiser H.M.S. Blake from March 1914 until February 1916, when he came ashore to take up an appointment at Cranwell Air School, and in February 1918 he was officially attached to the Royal Air Force. Relinquishing the latter appointment at the end of the War, he was awarded his M.V.O. in respect of services in the Repulse during the Prince of Wales’ visit to Africa and South America in 1925, and was placed on the Retired List in the rank of Paymaster Captain in January 1930.