Albert Edward Bourne

Date of birth: 29th April 1893
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: K/11368
Rank: Stoker 1st Class
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Battalion: HMS Bulwark
Died: 26th November 1914 aged 22 years
Death location: Sheerness


Life before the War
Albert was born on 29th April 1893, his parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Charlotte.  Thomas was born in 1862 and Elizabeth (nee Kitcher) was born in 1867 and died in 1934.  His parents were married in Southampton in 1883.  Albert’s father was employed as an Engine Driver.

Albert had 11 siblings – four brothers John (b. 1883), George (b. 1885) and Leonard (b. 1893), and seven sisters Matilda (b. 1887), Ethel (b. 1889), Florrie (b. 1889), May (b. 1889), Lena (b. 1894), Beatrice (b. 1898) and Mabel (b. 1900).

On the 1901 Census Albert was living with his family at 70 North Front, St Mary’s, Southampton.

The 1911 Census shows that Albert was living at 37 York Road, Freemantle, Southampton with his parents and siblings George, Lena, Beatrice and Mabel.  Albert was unemployed.

Service History
Albert joined the Royal Navy and served on HMS Bulwark.

HMS Bulwark was launched on 18th October 1899 and completed in March 1902. She had been on patrol in the English Channel but whilst anchored off Sheerness there was an internal explosion which was caused by the overheating of cordite charges which had been placed adjacent to a boiler room bulkhead.  The Captain was Guy Sclater.  There were 12 survivors of the explosion and 736 crew died.  Albert’s body was never recovered.

Albert was entitled the 1914 Star, Victory and British War Medals.

Albert is remembered on the Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall and also on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.


Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published.: 6th May 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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