No.12861, Private, Bertie OSBORNE
Aged 24

1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Died of Illness on Thursday, 15th November 1918

Bertie Osborne was born in Hengrave on 18th November 1893, (Thingoe Q1-1894 4A:779), baptised at Flempton St Catherine with Hengrave on 21st January 1894, son of William and Emma OSBORNE (née OSBORNE).

1901 census...Aged 7, he was at Dairy Cottages, Ingham with his father William Osborne [37] labourer born Fornham All Saints; his mother Emma [37] born Hengrave; brothers Edward [5], Sidney [2] and Walter [1] all three born in Ingham.

1911 census...Aged 17 a farm labourer, he was at Dairy Cottages, Ingham with his parents(father now woodsman); brothers Edward (woodsman) Sidney, Walter and William [8] and sister Eva [6]. The new siblings were born in Ingham.

His younger brother Edward died in Belgium in 1915 see here

Dying of influenza a few days after the end of the war, not much else was recorded.The Army and CWGC are at odds with themselves and each other. His CWGC record has him in the 1st/1st Bn., Cambridgeshires, as does the Register of Soldiers Personal Effects, but his medal index card has him in the 8th Bn., Suffolks. The 8th Suffolks disbanded in February 1918 and most of the men then were moved to the 7th Battalion. In May 1918 around 400 of the 7th Suffolks were transferred to the Cambridgeshire Regiment, all of which may explain the seeming discrepancies above

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bertie Osborne is buried in Brebieres British Cemetery, grave E:10
and also commemorated on the Culford estate memorial

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