OWRE, Oscar William Bisguard
|1 June 1915
|12th Infantry Battalion
|Barossa, South Australia, 28 March 1890
|Adelaide, South Australia
|Not yet discovered
|Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France, 3 September 1916, aged 26 years
|Not yet discovered
|Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kingscote Kangaroo Island WW1 Roll of Honour, Penneshaw Kangaroo Island Men Roll of Honor WW1, Penneshaw War Memorial, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
Military Medal Citation
On the 11th August, 1916, at the CHALK PIT near POZIERES an enemy H.E. shell burst in the Brigade Dump of ammunition, timber, etc. setting a light to it, and causing flare lights and bombs to explode, which they did continuously. The bursting bombs were sending flying pieces in every direction wounding several men. One of these was lying helpless quite close to the fire and in the midst of the exploding ammunition Private OWRE rushed in and with the help of another man carried one of the wounded men out to safety. He then returned through the bursting bombs and flying pieces and rescued a second wounded man who was partially buried by portion of the Dump and quite close to the conflagration, bearing him out of danger and to the nearest Aid Post.
Submitted 28 August 2015 by Nathan Rohrlach
The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Thu 21 Feb 1918
ON ACTIVE SERVICE,
A GALLANT CORPORAL.
Mrs. Ratcliff, of Eaton-street, Malvern, has received from the military authorities two military decorations awarded to her late grandson, Acting Corporal O. W. B. OWRE, by the King and the ex-Czar of Russia, for gallantry in the field. The British decoration consists of the Military Medal. The Russian decoration is the Cross of St. George of the third class. The medal was given to Corporal Owre, for bravery in rescuing wounded men from exploding ammunition during a fire caused by an enemy shell at Chalk Pit, near Pozieres, on August 9, 1916. The Russian Cross was also awarded for conspicuous bravery on August 9. On September 3 Corporal Owre received wounds in the battle of the Somme, which proved fatal. He enlisted on May 20, 1915, and left on August 26 of the same year. He was 25 years of age when he enlisted.