Osborne King

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Osborne King
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1886
Place of Birth Hurdcott, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Death 26 Mar 1917
Place of Death Lagnicourt, France
Age at Enlistment 30 years
Description 5'6½" (1.69m) tall ; 130lbs
58.967 kg
; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; dark brown to grey hair
Occupation Labourer
Address East Cannington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr James King
Military Information
Reg Number 5617
Date of Enlistment 4 Apr 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion
Date of Embarkation 22 Sep 1916 ‒ 20 Nov 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A52 Surada
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Wattle Grove Progress Association Roll of Honour
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Osborne emigrated to Western Australia aboard the SS Armadale, arriving in Fremantle on 27 Dec 1910 described as a 25 year old agricultural labourer. Moving first to Burracoppin in the central wheatbelt, by 1916 he had moved to Karragullen where he was employed as a labourer.

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 4 Apr 1916 and on 1 May 1916 he was allotted to the 15th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion.

Arriving in Plymouth on 29 Nov 1916 Osborne was sent to, but spent very little time in a training battalion before on 21 Dec 1916 when he proceeded overseas to France aboard HMT Princesse Clementine from Folkestone. On arrival he was held at the 2nd Division's Base Depot in Étaples before joining the 28th Battalion in the filed on 18 Jan 1917.

During late February, early March 1917 the German forces made a strategic withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line (shorter line to defend), fighting rear-guard actions as the Australians and British followed up. The 28th Battalion figured in a week long battle to gain Malt Trench from the enemy near Warlencourt.

On 26 Mar 1917, the 28th Battalion, acting in support of the 26th Battalion launched an attack on German positions in and around Lagnicourt. The battalion's casualties for the day included 4 Officers and 17 Other Ranks killed, primarily those who had advanced around the south east of the Lagnicourt village, fighting a defensive action to keep the Germans from regaining the village. Osborne was one of those killed.

  • Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
  • Section of 28th Battalion panel


Not included on the Canning Memorial Honour Roll

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