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Osborne Fisher

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Osborne Fisher
Fisher Osborne.jpg
courtesy Kel Fisher
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known Apr 1878
Place of Birth Araluen, New South Wales
Death 6 Aug 1916
Place of Death Poziéres, France
Age at Enlistment 38 years, 2 months
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 138 lbs
62.596 kg
; dark complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Elizabeth Fisher
Military Information
Reg Number 3106
Date of Enlistment 7 Jul 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 10th Reinforcements transferred to 48th Battalion /12th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 13 Oct 1915 ‒ ?? Nov 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A32 Themistocles
Fate Killed in Action 6 Aug 1916 at Poziéres
Monument Mundijong Honour Roll
Jarrahdale War Memorial
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Believed to have married in 1900 in Western Australia, but enlistment documents show him to be widowed and he gave his mother as NOK.

Electoral Roll entries - 1910 labourer at Mornington Mills; 1912 labourer at Dowerin; 1913 a mill hand at Pindalup; 1915 timber hewer at Hoffman's Landing.

War Service

Following basic training in Australia, Osborne and his reinforcement draft were shipped to Port Suez where further training was undertaken.

Osborne was taken on strength of the 16th Battalion on 5 Feb 1916 at Ismailia, and then transferred to the 48th Battalion on 3 Mar 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir. He was employed as a Lewis gunner.

On 2 Jun 1916, along with the rest of the 48th Battalion, he boarded the HMT Caledonia in Alexandria, and they disembarked on 9 Jun 1916 at Marseilles, and travelled north by train.

On 6 Aug 1916 the 48th Battalion was in the front lines adjacent to Poziéres when they were very heavily shelled.

Red Cross file.[1]
"I saw Pte Fisher hit by a shell while in the trenches at Pozieres, he was literally blown to pieces. He had some Australian sovereigns in his pocket and was just going to lend them to a friend Pte McLean when the shell came over. He had a dark moustache and was an elderly man." Martin A.A. Pte 3141
  • 48th Battalion panel Viller-Bretonneux Memorial
  • Linton Reynolds photo 2015


Notes

  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Osborne Fisher". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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