2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, 13th Regiment of Foot - 11 May 1878
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, 13th Regiment of Foot - 26 February 1880
Captain, 2nd Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry - 1 August 1886
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order - 25th November 1887
DAQMG for Intelligence, Burma - 1892-1898
Major, 2nd Battalion, the Somerset Light Infantry - 9 March 1898
Brevet Lt. Col, 2/SLI - 5 October 1898
AAG, India - 1900-1902
Brevet Col. 2/SLI - 10 February 1904
Commanding 2/SLI - 1906-1910
Half Pay - April-June 1910
Commanding South West Infantry Brigade/Territorial Force - 1910-1914
Retired - January, 1914
Commanding 107th Infantry Brigade - Sept. 1914 - Oct 1915
Area Commandant BEF - 1917-1919

The following is from Couchman's 1936 obituary which appeared in the Somerset Light Infantry Regimental Journal  of that year:

"Colonel Couchman, known to his contemporaries in the Regiment as Box, was essentially an outdoor man and, in his young
days, a noted big game shot. He was an enthusiast at all sport, especially polo and shooting. He loved, too, to wander and was
never happier than when camping out in the jungles and forests of India and Burma. His love of this kind of life naturally led
him into the Intelligence Branch of the Staff in India, and he did a good deal of survey work in Burma and later on in Bengal –
and it was his work in the Intelligence Branch, in which he served as D.A.Q.M.G. from 1892-98 and as A.A.G. from June 1900,
to May 1902, which brought him his Brevet-Lieutenant-Colonelcy. He commanded a Battalion of his Regiment – The Somerset
Light Infantry – for the full term of four years, loved and respected by all, and was then promoted Colonel and given command of
the South-Western Brigade (Southern Command) in June 1910. He retired in January 1914, after thirty-six years’ service. But
this was not to be the end of his soldiering for, when the Great War broke out, he again went on Active Service and served first as
a Brigade Commander in France and afterwards in a Staff appointment, gaining a Mention in Despatches, the 1914/15 Star, and
the Great War and Victory Medals. After the war failing health obliged him to live a quiet and somewhat retired life, but he
never lost interest either in his friends or his old Regiment."

During the Burma Expedition of 1885-87 Couchman would receive two Mention in Despatches and be awarded the Distinguished
Service Order. He was also awarded the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Life Saving Medal in 1897 for saving a man from
drowning. The citation from the Royal humane Society reads thus:
"At great personal risk, rescued a native from drowning at
Mong Lem, China, 11th March 1897"



Cabinet Photograph
Shriniwas Mahadeo & Son - Photographer
Church Road, Belgaum, India
c 1887