Herbert Cornelius BOURNE

Badge Number: SA10936, Sub Branch: St Peters

BOURNE, Herbert Cornelius

Service Number: 132
Enlisted: 1 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Field Ambulance
Born: Maylands, South Australia, 24 April 1893
Home Town: Maylands (SA), Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: 13 January 1976, aged 82 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Gen F Path 6 222
Memorials: Adelaide Maylands Methodist Church Honor Roll (Book), Norwood Primary School Honour Board, S.A. Railway Goods Dept. Mile End Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1914: Enlisted
20 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, 132, 3rd Field Ambulance
20 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, 132, 3rd Field Ambulance, HMAT Medic, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, 132

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Herbert Cornelius Bourne was born on 24 April 1893 in Mayland South Australia. Not much is known about his early life, but his mother is Jane and his father is William Henry Bourne. Herbert's previous employment was as a watchmaker/Jeweller, as stated in his description he had blue eyes and brown hair. His previous military service was the 19th Australian Army Medical Corps.

He got enlisted on the 29th of August 1914, at the age of 21 years and 3 months. When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 and a quarter inch tall and weighed 144 lbs. 

Herbert's involvement in the army was 3rd Field Ambulance. His service number was 132 and he was a private, he was deployed in the first Gallipoli War in 1915 for the Australian Imperial force.

He first embarked on the 20 Oct 1914 with the HMAT medic. He was riding into the battle zone with a stretcher and a donkey. The donkey was used for carrying the fallen soldiers. Herbert was one of many 3rd field ambulance in charge of bringing fallen soldiers, he had to go up into the front of the battlefield and risk his life just to save one of his.

On the 30th of July 1917, the 3rd Field Ambulance embarked on a campaign to the Third Ypres, which was a failed campaign to achieve Haig's objective, it lasted over 100 days and they only advanced 5 miles for the loss of over 250,000 soldiers, killed, wounded or missing.

Herbert began his return to Australia on the 21st of December 1917, with minimal injuries.

On the 25th of July 1967, Herbert received an Anzac medallion, which was awarded to people who were members of the surviving Australian forces who served on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Herbert Cornelius BOURNE sadly died at the age of 82 on the 13th of January 1976. Herbert was buried in Centennial Park Cemetery, plot Gen F Path 6 222.