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LTC Frank Edward Bourne

LTC Frank Edward Bourne

Birth
Balcombe, Mid Sussex District, West Sussex, England
Death 9 May 1945 (aged 92)
Dorking, Mole Valley District, Surrey, England
Burial Beckenham, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 7368721 · View Source
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Bourne was born in 1854 in Balcombe, Sussex, England. He enlisted in the British Army at Reigate, England, on December 18, 1872, at the age of 18. He was promoted to Corporal in 1875, Sergeant in 1878, and Colour Sergeant in April 1878. He fought in the The Defence of Rorke's Drift on January 22nd and 23rd of 1879, and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. After the Battle of Rorke's Drift he served in India and Burma, he was promoted to Quartermaster-Sergeant in 1884. He was offered an immediate commission but refused, but was commissioned in 1890 as a Quartermaster. In 1893 he was appointed Adjutant of the School of Musketry in Hythe, Kent, Egland, retiring in 1907. After his retirement he rejoined the British Army and became Adjutant of the School of Musketry in Dublin, Ireland, during World War I (1914-1918). At the end of the war, he was given the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointed OBE DCM. In 1936 he made a tape recording of the Defence of Rorkes Drift but the tapes have not survived. He spent his last years attending the funerals of former veterans until he died on May 8, 1945, at the age of 91. He was the last surviving veteran of those who had served in the Defence of Rorke's Drift.

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  • Added: 19 Apr 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7368721
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Frank Edward Bourne (27 Apr 1853–9 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7368721, citing Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Beckenham, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .