||Army Service Corps
||800th Horse Transport Coy.
|Date of Death:
||Commonwealth War Dead
||MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA
|Additional information: Son of
Henry and Elizabeth Bourne.
will be added as they arrive
November 1915, Frank Bourne joined up for the duration of the war. He was 27
years and 6months old. He lived in Green Street, Ingatestone with his mother
Elizabeth and by trade was a Journeyman Butcher. By today's standards he would
be described as slight, standing only 5 foot 4 inches, with an expanded chest
measurement of 35 inches and weighing 119lbs. One has to consider why men of
this era were so small, was it down to diet?
his attestation papers the recruiting sergeant considered his physical
development as good. He joined the Army Service Corps and became T/4/143126.
After enlisting Frank's war was at home as he wasn't posted for nearly a year.
On the 29th February 1916 he was transferred from the Essex Regt depot at
Warley and went to Woolwich. Army Form 3068 shows that he left with two pairs
of boots, one cap, two drawers, 2 jackets one pair of puttees, two pairs of
trousers one cardigan, and one drab greatcoat, but was not issued with a cap
badge or razor. Frank may have had an early indication of foreign service when
in March and April he was vaccinated and then inoculated
until 24th September 1916 that he became part of the Mediterranean
Expeditionary force and two days later found himself on H.T. Megantic sailing
out of Devonport, bound for Salonica, where he arrived 5th October. Each
Division of the army had it's own transport, called the Divisional Train. It
was the 'workhorse' of the Division in terms of carrying stores and supplies,
providing the main supply line to the transport of the Brigades, Battalions,
and Artillery and other attached units. By December 1916, Frank was part of the
238 Company ASC working as a driver. Salonika was always considered a sideshow
as far as the war went, the Franco British force sent there wasn't large, but
was kept there at the request of the Greek Prime minister. Conditions were hard
and where for every casualty of battle three died of malaria, influenza or
1917 and Frank was in hospital having succumbed to influenza, and it was over
two weeks before he was released and returned to unit to continue his duties.
The war in Salonika has never been reported in the way that the Western Front
is so widely known, few major battles took place but what did were short sharp
bloody affairs. In the end the last major offensive took place in September
1918 when the British attacked a series of fortified hills. The final assault
began along the whole front on 15 Sep 1918; the British being engaged in the
Lake Doiran area The war was over by the end of the month.
|Frank by then
had been in hospital three days, having gone down again with influenza. On the
28th he was transferred to 50th General Hospital, Salonika, where a week later
he died from broncho-pneumonia. Curiously in 1920 Frank's Aunt, Susan Boreham
signed a paper showing surviving relatives, there was only one, his younger
brother George, who had served with the Essex Regt. Finally when the Scroll and
Death Penny arrived later in the year, it was George who had signed for it.