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Edward George Bourne

Rank: Gunner

Lifetime: 1891-1918

Reference: 815097

Gunner Edward George Bourne (815097) of D Battery of the 58th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery died of his wounds on 23 August 1918. He is buried at Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension. He is not listed on the Hampton Wick War Memorial but his Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry refers to him as being the son of Anthony and Isabella Bourne of 33 Wick Road, Hampton Wick. His entry in UK Soldiers who Died in the Great War states that he was in the Territorial Force and had enlisted in Teddington.

Edward George Bourne’s birth was registered in Kingston in the first quarter of 1891 and the baptismal records of St Mary’s, Teddington, reveal that he was duly baptised with five of his siblings on 22 April 1892. Edward George is included in the 1891 Census as a three month old baby. By the time of the 1911 Census, he was living with his parents, Anthony (a 57 year old sub-postmaster) and Isabella at 31 Wick Road, Hampton Wick. He was employed like his elder sister, Florence Louise (29), and younger sister, Emily (15), in the family business. The family had four other children who had moved out of the family home by 1911. Although the family was resident in Teddington by 1890, Florence had been born in Berkshire. Isabella originally came from Frome in Somerset and Anthony was born in Baker Street – so presumably the Bournes had moved as a result of their post office career.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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