BOURNE James Edward
Regiment : 1st/7th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 989
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 19th July 1916
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 5A and 6C.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Stourport, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourport War Memorial
Also appears on : Kidderminster War Memorial. Kidderminster St John the Baptist Church.
Credits : Additional information transcribed and researched by Adrian Carter.
James Bourne was married with one child and until recently lived at Mitton Street, Stourport. His wife now lives at 23 Hill Street, Kidderminster. He was a time expired man, but signed on again. Previous to being called up he worked at the Anglo-American Tin Stamping Company, Stourport, where he had been employed for fourteen years. A great friend of his, Pte. Neale, of Stourport was killed at the same time. The news was received in a letter from Pte. W. Bourne: “Killed in action, early on the morning of July 20th, while his company was raiding the enemy trenches. He met his fate from machine-guns like most of his comrades and I do not think he suffered at all. I have known him for many years and he was always a courageous and steady man”.
Source for additional information: Kidderminster Times, 5th August 1916, Kidderminster Shuttle 26th August 1916, reported with photo.
On the 18th July, the 1/7th Worcesters were part of an attack up the spurs beyond Ovillers. Little ground was gained on the 18th and the attack was renewed at ten to midnight, continuing through the next day. The ground won was subjected to intense bombardment and the two days fighting cost the battalion 38 killed and 120 wounded.
James Bourne has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.