Jules Bornet

Jules Bornet ©

Jules Bornet ©

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: West Ham, London
Service No.: 27037
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th
Died: 7th June 1917 aged 20 years
Death location: France





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Please do not reproduce the photograph or any wording from this page.  If you want permission to use this photograph or narrative please contact the College on email@richardtaunton.ac.uk.


Life before the War
Jules was the seventh of 11 siblings born to Jules and Alice.

Father Jules was born in France in 1855 and was a Mariner by trade.  He died on 16 April 1927 in Southampton and left £2141 16s 7d to Alice, a not inconsiderable sum in those days.  Alice was born in Canterbury in 1863 and died in 1949 in Southampton.

This was a London family initially, the first 8 children were all born in East London.

The 1901 Census shows the family living at 47 Archers Road Shirley.

Jules’ 10 siblings were:

Nellie  b.1886 Poplar and d.1969 Newham.  Married Walter Stewart Ives in 1908.  

Alice  b.1887 Poplar and d.1953 Southampton.  Married Frank W. Culver in 1913.

Eugenie  b.1888 West Ham.  No other details available.

Clara  b.1892 West Ham and d.1980 Southampton.  Never married.

Charles  b.11.8.1893 West Ham and d.1974 Hailsham.  Married Hilda M. Dennington in 1930.

Irenee  b.3.11.1894 West Ham and d.1982 Southampton.  Never married. 

Enid  b.1898 West Ham and d.1974 Bournemouth.  Married Thomas W. Busby in 1925.

Edward  b.1901 Southampton and d.1932 Southampton.

Lucy  b.1903 Southampton and d. 1955 Southampton.  Never married.

Josephine  b.1905 Southampton.  No other details available.


War Service
Jules was killed during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.  In the June of 1917 an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further to the south.  The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but not for Jules.

This campaign finally ended in November 1917, with the Allies capturing Passchendaele.

Jules is memorialised on the Menin Gate, Ypres,  Panel 35 Stone F.  Herewith a photograph of the Panel:

Jules Bornet panel



Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:  1910 – 1912

Education & Employment:  Jules was born in West Ham in 1896 and his family moved to Southampton by 1901.  While at Taunton’s he won prizes in Art and a medal for swimming.

Life during the War:  Jules lived with his parents on Archers Road.  He servedd with the Hants Yeomanryand then was a Private of the 15th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment.  He died during the advance attack near Messines and is remembered on the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres.

Jules died on 7th June 1917 aged 20 years.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 20th October 2014
Updated: 20th January 2015 with photograph.

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