Project Description

SAMUEL BERNAL OSBORNE (OSBOURNE)

1899–1918

Essex

Born 1899 in Radcliffe on Trent.

Baptised 14th May 1899 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Killed in action 2nd September 1918

Commemorated as Bernard Osborne, Vis-en-Artois Memorial, panel 7, France

Remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial as Bernal Osborne

(His name is given as Samuel Bernal Osborne on the birth register)

Brother of Francis Percy Osborne 

1901 Census

Age 2 living at The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent, with father Richard, labourer, and mother Mary.

1911 Census

Age 12, at school living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent, with father Richard, general labourer, mother Mary and brother Percy 8.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 46908

Military Unit: 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment, 12th Brigade, 4th Division. Formerly 31841 Sherwood Foresters

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

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Samuel Osborne was killed in France on 2nd September, 1918

From the War Diaries of the 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment, August 1918

 August 31st 1918

British Front Line East of Arras, Eterpigny

The Battalion relieved the 1st Hampshire Regiment in Eterpigny. Very bad relief and only ‘A’ Company succeeded in getting into position along S.E. edge of village. Remainder of Companies disposed around trenches in O.17.b. Minor enterprise carried out by ‘A’ Company against Machine Gun position at P.13.d. in Sunken Road was not successful. Casualties:- 2nd Lieut. G.A. Wroe joined Battalion for duty, 4 ORs wounded.

September 1st 1918

B, C and D Coys moved up to assembly positions at night. Casualties:- a/Capt: G. Parker and 2/Lieut E.A. Lane killed 31.1.18. Lieut A. Sloan wounded. 8 ORs killed. 14 ORs wounded. 16 ORs to F.A. (N.Y.D.N. Gas) 4 ORs to F.A.. 4 ORs reinforcements.

September 2nd 1918

Battalion assembled in depth by 4 a.m. in P.13.2 and attacked enemy trenches in P14, P 15 and P16 at 5 am. Attack successful but some confusion caused by other troops occupying same trenches.

Note: OR = Other Ranks; FA = Field Ambulance; NYDN = Medical term for suspected shell shock

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

Vis en Artois
Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France