Lt Col. Bourne, 2nd Light Horse Regiment
By Marg Powell, Specialist Library Technician, Metadata Services | 6 May 2016
George Herbert Bourne was appointed Major in command of B Squadron, 2nd Light Horse Regiment when he enlisted in August 1914. Aged 33 he had already served 8 years with the Queensland Mounted Infantry.
When Bourne landed with the unmounted Light Horse troops at Anzac Beach on 12 May 1915 they went into the front line the very next day at Quinn’s Post, he wrote to his mother …
“I had 9 men hit in the first 2 hours - bombs doing most damage. On the night of the 14th Major Graham’s Squadron was ordered to charge - they took the enemy’s trench but suffered horribly from machine guns. Graham was killed & lost 50 men out of 90.”
Letter #OM68-25/22, dated 29 May 1915
Bourne was evacuated sick in September 1915. When he rejoined his unit it was heavily involved in the campaigns at Romani, Rafa and Gaza. Bourne was made commanding officer of his regiment on 27 June 1916 and was later awarded the DSO for his contribution in the Battle of Romani.
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