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PostSubject: Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932   Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932 EmptyFri Oct 11, 2013 3:47 pm

Found this cutting while searching the original medal roles. Colour Sergeant Bourne was not one to mess with even then. Ain't ya got to love the Daily Mail!
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Good old Frank. He did like to keep the records straight. Salute 
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Good on him ! You need to study mo  Salute 
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PostSubject: Re: Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932   Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932 EmptySat Oct 12, 2013 1:18 am

Top man,like that..xhosa
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PostSubject: Re: Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932   Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932 EmptySat Oct 12, 2013 12:15 pm

rusteze wrote:
Found this cutting while searching the original medal roles. Colour Sergeant Bourne was not one to mess with even then. Ain't ya got to love the Daily Mail!
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A letter from Bourne himself - he would have been an old man then!
I wonder if "Stoneroof", Dorking, Surrey, is still standing and if so, if it has a blue plaque on it?
Is Bourne buried in Dorking, if he lived there in old age?
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PostSubject: Re: Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932   Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932 EmptySat Oct 12, 2013 12:18 pm

To answer my own questions:

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It is all on this site!



Stoneroof, Mole Valley
Description: Stoneroof


Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 June 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 404534


OS Grid Reference: TQ1636049236
OS Grid Coordinates: 516360, 149236
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2305, -0.3348

Location: 2 Junction Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 2HD

Locality: Mole Valley
Local Authority: Mole Valley District Council
County: Surrey
Country: England
Postcode: RH4 2HD

Listing Text
SOUTH S2iEET
1.
1049
(North-West Side)
No 66 to 70 (even)
(Stoneroof) )
TQ 1649 SW 4/33

II GV

2.
C18. 2 storeys. 4 windows. Red brick, now painted. Modillion eaves cornice.
Horsham slab roof. 4 sash windows above with glazing bars intact. 2 large
modern bow fronted shop windows with flat hood over on ground floor (glazing
bars intact) curving inwards to modern doorway with rectangular fanlight.
Porch at southern end with Ionic columns; door of 6 fielded panels with rectangular
fanlight over
. Photograph in NMR.

Nos 66 to 82 (even) form a group.

Listing NGR: TQ1636049236

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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PostSubject: Re: Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932   Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932 EmptySat Oct 12, 2013 1:21 pm

The Blue Plaque is on his house in King's Hall Road Beckenham.

This quote is from the RDVC site. "Frank Bourne died on V.E Day, 8th May 1945 at the age of 90. He is buried with his wife Eliza in the Elmers End Cemetery. Frank was the last defender of Rorke's Drift to die. Frank and his wife made their home in Beckenham from 1909 to 1931, with his longest period being at 16 Kings Hall Road. Shortly after the death of Eliza, he moved to live with his daughter in Dorking."

The house in Dorking is where he died. It can be seen on Google (the yellow shop).
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Thanks for the pic rusteze.
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Excellent Photo Steve thanks for the post . Salute 
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Many times I stood at mission station at Rorke's Drift, listening to the local guide telling the enthralling story of the famous defence and participants.  But you begin to think 'why let a good story get in the way of the truth'.  Frank Bourne did not die on VE Day 1945 but on the 9th May 1945 - the day after - you can check this from the entries in The Times newspaper for 11th and 14th May 1945 and of course this is date on his headstone.  This rumour was probably started by David Rattray.


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PostSubject: Re: Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932   Rorke's Drift Survivors 1932 EmptySun Oct 13, 2013 3:36 pm

Kenny wrote:
Many times I stood at mission station at Rorke's Drift, listening to the local guide telling the enthralling story of the famous defence and participants.  But you begin to think 'why let a good story get in the way the truth'.  Frank Bourne did not die on VE Day 1945 but on the 9th May 1945 - the day after - you can check this from the entries in The Times newspaper for 11 and 14 May 1945 and of course this is date on his headstone.  This rumour was probably started by David Rattray.
Never noticed that!

Look at the date in his memorial.

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