Frank Bourner

Gunner 59967, A battery, 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Enlisted Deptford S E. Died of wounds 25 May 1917 aged 21 years. Buried Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension.

Born Leigh, Kent in 1896. Sixth son of James and Charlotte Bourner of Forge Square, Leigh, Kent. According to the 1891 and 1901 census there were six sons and three daughters. Three sons were killed in the War.

1891 Census – Bourner Family

RG12/675; Folio 190; Page 11; HSN 77 – The Cottage, (Next to Kennards Farm).

James W Head 36 Gardener (Domestic) Kent Tonbridge
Charlotte Wife 39 Kent, Wye
John Son 10 Scholar Kent,Leigh
Ernest Son 8 Scholar Kent,Leigh
Louisa Dau 6 Scholar Kent,Leigh
Sarah Dau 5 Scholar Kent,Leigh
Robert Son 4 Scholar Kent,Leigh
James Son 2 Kent,Leigh
Mary Dau 6/12 Kent,Leigh

1901 Census – Bourner family (transcribed as BOWRNER)

R13/ 750 page 6 HSN 40 – Coachmans House, The Cottage, (Next to Kennards Farm)

James W Head 46 Gardener (Domestic) Kent Tonbridge
Charlotte Wife 48 Kent, Wye
Ernest Son 18 Groom (Domestic) Kent,Leigh
Robert Son 14 Farm Labourer Kent,Leigh
James Son 12 Kent,Leigh
Mary Dau 10 Kent,Leigh
Charles Son 9 Kent,Leigh
Frank Son 4 Kent,Leigh

Two brothers, James and Charles, were also killed in the war.

Remembered on the Leigh War Memorial.

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