Frederick Chalmers Bourne

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Frederick Chalmers Bourne
Governor of the Central Provinces and Berar
In office
1946 – 15 August 1947
Preceded byHenry Twynam
Succeeded byposition abolished
Governor of East Bengal
In office
15 August 1947 – 5 April 1950
Preceded byposition created
Succeeded byFeroz Khan Noon
Personal details
Born(1891-08-12)12 August 1891
Died3 November 1977(1977-11-03) (aged 86)
Uckfield, West Sussex, England
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Sir Frederick Chalmers Bourne, KCSI, CIE (12 August 1891 – 3 November 1977) was an English colonial administrator who served in British India until 1947 and then in the new Dominion of Pakistan until 1950.

Early life[edit]

Frederick Chalmers Bourne was born on 12 August 1891. He studied in Rugby and finished his master's degree in Christ Church, Oxford.[1] His father was Frederick Samuel Augustus Bourne, a British consular official in China and later Judge of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan.[2]


Bourne was commissioned into the British Army in 1910, and served in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. In 1920, he joined the Indian Civil Service and held several prominent positions in the administrations of Lahore and the Punjab between 1937 and 1945.[1][2]

He was appointed acting Governor of the Central Provinces and Berar from May to October 1945, and as the acting Governor of Assam in 1946.[1][2]

He became the last Governor of the Central Provinces and Berar in 1946, serving until independence of India on 15 August 1947. Bourne then became the first Governor of Pakistan's East Bengal, and served until 5 April 1950.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bourne, Sir Frederick Chalmers - Banglapedia". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Governors and Acting Governors of East Bengal/ East Pakistan 1947-1971". The Bangabhaban History. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by Governor of the Central Provinces and Berar
Succeeded by
position abolished
Preceded by
position created
Governor of East Bengal
Succeeded by