William Henry Osborne GREENLAND

GREENLAND, William Henry Osborne

Service Number: 5685
Enlisted: 22 December 1915, Helped found the Newcastle Light Horse. Served in the Newcastle Light Horse, Citizen Military Force Initially aQMS for 20th Bn
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Waratah, New South Wales, Australia, 9 November 1875
Home Town: Wahroonga, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Accountant
Died: Blown Up By German Mine, France, 25 March 1917, aged 41 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Waratah Memorial Gates, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5685, 20th Infantry Battalion, Helped found the Newcastle Light Horse. Served in the Newcastle Light Horse, Citizen Military Force Initially aQMS for 20th Bn
9 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, 5685, 20th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Euripides embarkation_ship_number: A14 public_note: ''
9 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, 5685, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery. 

104 years ago today, on the 25th March 1917, Private William Henry Osborne Greenland, 20th Battalion (Reg No-5685), accountant (W. Arnott Ltd, Sydney), from C/O Mrs W M Arnott, Wahroonga, New South Wales, father of two (1902, Esther Braxton), was Killed in Action at Bapaume, France, age 41. (note that circular information gives age as 35, not 41.)

Born at Waratah, New South Wales on the 9th November 1875 to Samuel Osborne (died 1911). Greenland; husband of Una Braxton Greenland nee Patrick (married 1900, Newcastle, N.S.W., died 16.1.1952, Windsor, N.S.W., 35 years a widow) of 22 Queen Street, Glebe, New South Wales and Ramona Street, Quakers Hill, N.S.W. 1941, also married? to Daisy Maud Greenland, from "Peronne", 21 Rosemount Avenue, Summer Hill, N.S.W., daughter Miss Sheila Osborne Greenland (born 1916, Sydney, N.S.W., have not located marriage certificate), William enlisted December 1915 at Casula, N.S.W.

William’s name has been inscribed on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Mr Greenland has been remembered on the Waratah & Mayfield Roll of Honour, Waratah Park Memorial Gates (photos, unveiled 23rd February 1921, 70 names now inscribed of the Fallen), Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour and the Waratah-St Philip's Anglican Church Roll of Honour.

There is no memorial inscription at the parent’s gravesite to tell us of the supreme sacrifice of their son William, so January 2020 I placed a memorial cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite, taken a photo of the memorialised grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service.

Resting far from home, need to be remembered at home.

Lest We Forget.