August 24, 1846, Kent, England.
March 22, 1929, Golders Green, Hendon, Middlesex, England.
William was the son of civil servant Stephen Bourne.
He was educated at Merchant Taylor’s School and the London College of Divinity.
Taking Holy Orders in 1869, he became successively Curate of Holy Trinity, Derby; Harrow-on-the-Hill; St. Paul’s, St. Leonards-on-Sea; Ashford, Kent; in 1875, Vicar of Pinner, Middlesex; and in 1880, Vicar of All Saints, Haggerstone.
He contributed poems to Church Bells and other periodicals, and in 1879 became editor of The Mission Field for the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge. In 1900, he became Rector of Finchley. His works include:
Strays,A Dream Poem for Christmas