Cecil John OSBORN

OSBORN, Cecil John

Service Number: 14130
Enlisted: 14 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 13th Field Company Engineers
Born: Railway Town, Broken Hill, New South Wales, 4 November 1889
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Argent Street Technical School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Died of Wounds (GSW right knee joint), Zonnebeke, Belgium, 19 October 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
On 07 Nov 1923, body was found and reinterned in Plot 25; Row H; Grave 13. His name is also located at panel 24 in the Commemorative Area at the AWM, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Old Burke Ward Boys Roll of Honor, Broken Hill Railwaytown War Memorial, Broken Hill War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
2 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 14130, 13th Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, 14130, 13th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
26 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 14130, 14th Field Company Engineers, ANZAC / Gallipoli
26 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 14130, 13th Field Company Engineers, 1st Passchendaele
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres

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Biography

Father ______    (d. Nov. 1914) and Mother Mrs Elizabeth Osborn, Pell Street, Railway town, Broken Hill NSW. (Mother later remarried 1917 Mr W W Bell - known as Mrs Elizabeth Bell living at Park Terrace, Quorn, SA).

Brother #14131 William Francis Osborn (25 years old), enlisted 22/2/1916, embarked with Cecil, as a Sapper, 3rd reinforcements, 13th Field Company Engineers.

Brother: Edwin Maurice Osborn.

Last lived at Railway town, Broken Hill, NSW.

He had previously attended Argent Street Technical School, for his carpentry apprenticeship.

Previous service 81st Senior Cadets (1 year); transferred to 81st Citizen Forces; transferred to 12th Field Company (12 months still serving on enlisting).

Described on enlisting as 21 years 3 month old; single; 5' 6 1/4" tall; 135lbs; dark complexion; blue eyes; dark hair; Methodist.

14/2/1916          Completed medical in Adelaide - fit for service
                          Enlisted in Adelaide

22/2-15/3/1916  Commanding Officer appointed Private Osborn to the
                          D Company, 2nd Depot Battalion - Mitcham Camp

16/3/1916          Sapper in the Base Engineers

2/5/1916            Embarked out of Sydney onboard the HMAT Hororata A20
                          as a Sapper, 3rd reinforcements, 13th Field Company Engineers.

29/6/1916          Joined Diivisional Troops, Tel El Kebir, Egypt

2/8/1916            Embarked overseas with Divisional Troops Depot, ex Alexandria

26/1/1917          Proceeding overseas to France, ex Folkestone, per SS Princess Victoria
27/1/1917          Marched in to Etaples, France

12/2/1917          Taken on strength and transferred to 13th Field Company Engineers, France

19/10/1917        Admitted to hospital - Gun shot wound to right knee joint
                          3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station
                          Zonnebeke, Belgium

19/10/1917        Died of wounds received in action

20/11/1917         Reverend A H Desmoon attended
       Buried in:     Soldiers Cemetery 1
                           40000.Sh.27.L22.of.6.3
                                                                
7/11/1923          His body was found and reinterned in:
                          Plot XXV (25); Row H; Grave 13
                          Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. 

                         written on his headstone:  "No Burdens Yonder
                                                                      all sorrows past
                                                                      No burdens yonder
                                                                      home at last

Medals:
British War medal (40046); Victory medal (39656); Memorail Plaque and Memorial Scroll (336179).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  20 October 2014. Lest we forget.

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