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Governors and Acting Governors of East Bengal/ East Pakistan 1947-1971
Sir Frederick Chalmers Bourne

Sir Frederick Chalmers Bourne, son of Sir Frederick Bourne and Isabel Alice was born on 12 August 1891. Educated at Rugby, and obtained his M. A. degree from Christ Church, Oxford. Served in 4th Battalion Queen's Own (RW Kent Regiment), 1910-20. Joined as an ICS officer, 1920. Was Deputy Commissioner of Lahore, 1937-40; Secretary to Government of Punjab Home Department, 1940-41; Chief Secretary to Government, Punjab, 1941-45. Bourne was appointed Acting Governor of Central Provinces and Berar, May - October 1945; Acting Governor of Assam, 1946; Governor of Central Provinces and Berar, 1946-47. He was the first Governor of EB from 15 August 1947 till 5 April 1950. Later, Advisor, Gold Coast, 1955. He was conferred with the following honours: KCSI (1946); CSI (1944); CIE (1941). Married Heather Frances in 1918, daughter of late Lt. Col. F.W. Burbury. She accompanied her husband to Dhaka.

It was during his tenure that Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Governor General of Pakistan visited Dhaka in March 1948. Jinnah's speeches regarding Urdu to be the only state language of Pakistan infuriated the people of EB. The demand to make Bengali one of the state languages of Pakistan gained considerable momentum since then.

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