Officers of the 7 Fusiliers Regiment
Lieut.-Col. Becher is third from left. Ca. 1914. IFLR.
Becher was born in London, ON, on 20 January 1874 to a prominent family in the city. His father, Henry had served as the mayor of the city in 1885. Lieut.-Col. Becher was a stock broker and served fifteen years in the 7th Regiment of Fusiliers, which he commanded before heading to Europe. He signed the Attestation Paper for service overseas on 23 September 1914. On 15 June 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, Becher succumbed to a gunshot wound to the neck having already sustained shrapnel wounds earlier that day. He was the older brother of Maj. Becher.
He is commemorated on page 5 of the First World War Book of Remembrance (Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill).
Grave: Beuvry Communal Cemetery, France.