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 Rowland Richard Louis Joseph Bourke

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Rowland Richard Louis Joseph Bourke

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 29 Aug 1958 (aged 72)
Esquimalt, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Burial Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Memorial ID 7724004 View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. On May 10, 1918, the motor launch Lieutenant Bourke was commanding near the port of Ostend, Belgium, was severely damaged by enemy fire. In the midst of heavy German machine-gun fire, Lieutenant Bourke rescued three crew members. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on September 11, 1918. Prior to the start of World War II, Bourke was instrumental in organizing a Fishermen's Reserve, to patrol the west coast of Canada. During the war, he served as Lieutenant Commander on the HMCS Burrard and retired as a Commander from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 30 Jul 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7724004
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/7724004/rowland-richard_louis_joseph-bourke : accessed ), memorial page for Rowland Richard Louis Joseph Bourke (28 Nov 1885–29 Aug 1958), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7724004, citing Royal Oak Burial Park Cemetery, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .