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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Edmund Emerson Bousfield -

Unknown person
Name : Edward Emerson Bousfield

Son of Edmund Collingwood Bousfield [died 1895] and Louisa Bousfield (née Emerson) [died 1917].

Born November 1869, London (registered Dec 1869 qtr Hampstead).

  Census Information :

1871 : not found

1881 : Edmund Emerson Bousfield aged 11 is a pupil at West Grange, Hastings, Sussex.

1891 : not found

1901 : not found

1911 : not found

  Service details :

Lt-Col Edmund Emerson Bousfield, 123rd Outram's Rifles attd. 1st Bn. 1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)

Attended Royal Military College as a Gentleman Cadet
21 Sept 1889 : Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant - South Wales Borderers
19 July 1893 : Lieutenant - seconded for service with the Indian Staff Corps (seniority backdated to 13 January 1892)
21st September 1907 : Promoted Major from Captain, 66th Punjabis
1915 : Lt-Col
  Casualty Details :

Died : 25 September 1915 aged 44

Buried at : St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Bonchurch War Memorial
St Boniface Church, Pulpit War Memorial
St Boniface Church, Roll of Honour
St Boniface Church, Bousfield Memorial

  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, October 1, 1915 Page 5

Lieut.-Colonel Bousfield
Killed at the Front.
Lieut.-Colonel Edward E. Bousfield, son of Mrs. Bousfield, of "Clovelly," Bonchurch, who was second in command of a Gurkha Regiment, has been killed in action on the Western front. He was shot through the lung by a stray bullet, and died within a quarter of an hour. Lieut.-Colonel Bousfield was a very efficient and popular officer. While stationed in India he made frequent visits home, and on one occasion, it will probably be remembered, gave an amusing speech at the annual dinner of the local Howitzer Battery. Mrs. Bousfield, with whom much sympathy will be expressed, has three other sons serving with the forces. Lt.-Col. Bousfield acted for some time as Provost-Marshall, but having a strong desire to share the hardships of the Indian troops he afterwards rejoined the firing line. Col. Bousfield was nephew of Sir William and Lady Emerson, of Shanklin. Mrs. Bousfield's other three sons have been on active service since the beginning of the war.

The Times October 4, 1915


Friday, November 10, 1916 Page 5

Dedication of a Memorial at Bonchurch.
Last Friday a memorial tablet was dedicated at St. Boniface Church, Bonchurch, to the memory of the late Colonel Bousfield, who was killed in action in France last year while leading his regiment, the famous Gurkhas. The service was impressively conducted by the Rector, Rev. J.F. Andrewes, in the presence of members of the family and a good number of intimate friends. The late Colonel was warmly esteemed by the whole parish, and was a great favourite with all. Among those present were Captain S. Bousfield, Mrs. S. Bousfield, Mrs. White (sister), Mrs. Hougham Bell, the Misses Giles, the Misses Venables, Miss Sewell, Mr. Henry Sewell, Mrs. Robertson, Miss Trollope, Mrs. Andrewes etc. The memorial brass is mounted on oak, and has been placed just over the family pew. The engraved inscription is as follows: -

In loving memory of
Lieut.-Colonel, 123rd Outram's Rifles,
attached 1st Gurkha Rifles,
Killed in action in France,
25th September, 1915.
Aged 45 years.
Interred at Richebourg, St. Vaast.

Messrs. Daniel Day and Sons were entrusted with the erection of the memorial.

National Probate Calendar 1916 :

Mrs Louise M White (sister) requested Lt-Col Bousfield's 1914 Star from the Army Medal Office in 1919 when her address was Ingersley, Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
  Other Links :

Sir William Emerson (Architect) - Wikipedia article.

1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment) - Wikipedia article.

123rd Outram's Rifles - Wikipedia article.

  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for additional newspaper research

  Page status :
Page last updated : 13 February 2012 (added further newspaper report)


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