Albert Ernest Osborne
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Australian War Memorial EO0685
Albert exercising behind the lines at Renescure
|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Woodside, South Australia|
|Death||24 May 1918|
|Place of Death||Vignacourt, France|
|Age at Enlistment||35 years, 4 months|
5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 150 lbs|
68.039 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Canning Mills, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Annie Kathleen Osborne|
|Date of Enlistment||2 Oct 1916|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||19 Dec 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A34 Persic|
Wounded in Action 22 May 1918 near Albert |
Died of Wounds 24 May 1918
none at present locally |
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
During 1916 he married Annie K Campbell. Annie remarried in 1921 to Ernest Urquhart.
Electoral Roll entries - 1915 - 1916 Holyoake, hewer with Annie
Within a week of entering Black Boy Hill camp, Albert was allocated to the 23rd reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. A week later this changed to the 18th draft for the 28th Battalion.
On arrival in England he was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone to prepare for service on the Western Front, and on 14 Jun 1917 Albert proceeded overseas to France through Southampton.
In France he was initially held by the 2nd Division's Base Depot at Le Havre, until 2 Jul 1917 when he joined the 28th Battalion in Bapaume. At this time they were reorganising and rebuilding their strength after a time in the front lines.
Granted English leave from 22 Feb 1918 until 11 Mar 1918, he rejoined the battalion before being wounded in action on 22 May 1918. His initial treatment was by the 5th Australian Field Ambulance, before he was moved on the same day to the 51st Casualty Clearing Station where he died on 24 May 1918 from his wounds. His wounds included shell wounds to his abdomen, arm and foot.
The Battalion War Diary for 22 May 1918 reported a quiet day in the front line, with enemy artillery very quiet. Never the less, casualties for the day were 1 KIA and 1 WIA, with Albert seemingly the one classified as wounded.
Name on headstone spelt OSBOURNE