Thomas Alfred Osborne

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Thomas Alfred Osborne
Personal Information
Date of Birth 21 Jun 1881
Place of Birth Semaphore, South Australia
Death 10 Sep 1963, aged 83
Place of Death Inglewood, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 34 years, 4 months
Description 5'8½" (1.74m) tall ; 140 lbs
63.503 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; auburn to grey hair
Occupation Sleeper carter
Religion Methodist
Address Karragullen, Western Australia
Next of Kin Friend , Mrs Florence Quick
Military Information
Reg Number 7289
Date of Enlistment 7 Dec 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement / 3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Date of Embarkation 29 Jan 1917 ‒ 29 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades
Date of Return 10 Jul 1918 ‒ 15 Jul 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A43 Barunga (Ship sunk by U-Boat)
Date of Return 8 Aug 1918 ‒ 28 Sep 1918
Ship Returned On SS Carpentaria
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (South panel)
Medals British Military Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1912 - 1913 at 7 Mile camp, Newcastle road, Sleeper hewer.

War Service

Within a month of beginning his training Tom was allocated to the 24th reinforcement for the 11th Battalion, travelling with them to England.

Soon after his arrival in England he was hospitalised for a week at the Fargo Military Hospital with an unknown infection. He was sent to the 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington and while there completed a training school on the Lewis Gun, being ranked as 'good'.

In Nov 1917 he was transferred to the 2nd Training Battalion at Sutton Veny, and in Mar 1918 is transferred again to No2 Command Depot in Weymouth from where he was to return to Australia due to disability with Sciatica Nerve problems. So he never got to France.

However, when sent back to Australia, one day out of Plymouth (15 Jul 1918) his ship the D16 HMAT A43 Barunga was sunk by a U Boat. He was rescued next day, spent time on shore and then returned to Australia on the D19 SS Carpentaria.

Post War

In 1920 Thomas married Florence Mary Quick. No children found. Florence died 19 Aug 1967 aged 73.

Electoral Roll entries - 1919 at 15 7th Avenue Mt Lawley, wood turner with Florence; 1925 - 1963 with Florence at 78 Tenth avenue (corner John street).


Seemingly both Adelaide (1912 & 1913), and Florence (1919) imply they are Tom's partner before they get him to the altar.

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