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OSBORNE James Patrick +

Service number 2733

On the 19thAugust 1916, killed in action “in the field”. Buried at the Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont-Hamel, France.

The Argus (23rdSeptember 1916)


Killed in action on 19thAugust 1916 Private JP Osborne of Beaconsfield, late of Walhalla; brother to Mrs Keating, Beaconsfield and Mrs Clayton, Adelaide.

Dear Jim, May the Lord have mercy on your poor soul.”

Major, Officer in Charge, Base Records (writes the following to James’ sister) (10thNovember 1920)

“Dear Madam,

It is noted that you are registered on the records of the late No 2733 Private JP Osborne, 7th Battalion, but, in order that the instructions under the “Deceased Soldiers Estates Act 1918” may be properly complied with when disposing of medals, etc., I shall be glad to learn whether there are any nearer blood relations than yourself to the above-named, for instance, is his father living; if not has he any brothers (stating the eldest) or any sisters older than yourself (stating the eldest) still alive. If so I should be much obliged for their names and addresses at your earliest convenience. The provisions of a Will have no bearing upon the distribution of medals unless they are specifically mentioned therein, such mementos being handed over in the following order of relationship unless good and sufficient reasons for varying the procedure are stated:- Widow, eldest surviving son, eldest surviving daughter, father, mother, eldest surviving brother, eldest surviving sister, eldest surviving half-brother, eldest surviving half-sister. Thanking you in anticipation of the favour of an early reply,

Yours Faithfully.”

James’ sister received the medals as both parents were deceased prior to 1920.

Name OSBORNE, James Patrick +
Service Number 2733
Rank Private
Roll 24 Infantry Battalion 1-8 Reinforcements (May 1915-January 1916)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 27thOctober 1915
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Ulysses A38
Age 36 years
Birth Place 1879, Walhalla, Victoria
Father Patrick Osborne, Walhalla, Victoria
Mother Bridget (Traynor) Osborne
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Labourer/Farmer
Residence “Fairwood Park”, Lower Beaconsfield, Victoria
Enlisted 2ndAugust 1915
Height 5 feet, 6¾ inches
Complexion Fresh; Eyes- Blue; Hair- Dark Brown