Cecil John OSBORN

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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
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, 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, SN 14130, 13th Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 14130, 13th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
26 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 14130, 14th Field Company Engineers, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
26 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 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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