BOURNE Sidney Alexander
Regiment : H.M.S. Hythe Royal Navy
Service number : PSSX36223
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 11th October 1943 aged 20
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, Panel 74, Column 1.
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Old Swinford St Mary's Church
The birth of Sidney A. Bourne is registered in the June Quarter 1923 under the West Bromwich Registration District, mother’s maiden name: Taylor.
HMS Hythe was a minesweeper. She was torpedoed and sunk at 01.09 hours on 11 October 1943 off Bougie, Algeria by the German submarine U-371.
The following information has been researched and transcribed by The Black Country Society:
Sidney Bourne lived at Oldswinford and enlisted in the Royal Navy. By 1943 he was stationed on HMS Hythe, a minesweeper of the Bangor class, commissioned in May 1942. It was engaged in the protection of Allied shipping routes in the Mediterranean against attacks from German U-boats. Although the German and Italian forces had been driven out of North Africa, the Axis powers still controlled Yugoslavia and Greece. On the 11th October the minesweeper was sunk by torpedoes from U-371 off Bougie, Algeria. It had a complement of 60 men and among them was Able Seaman Sidney Bourne. Also among those who died on the same vessel was Kenneth Taylor of Lye.
Sidney Bourne has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.