OSBORNE, Edward James

No.12804, Private, Edward James OSBORNE
Aged 19

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday, 6th May 1915

Edward James Osborne was born in Ingham (Thingoe Q4-1896 4A:750), son of William and Emma OSBORNE (née OSBORNE).

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

1911 census...Aged 15 a woodsman, he was at Dairy Cottages, Ingham with his parents(father now woodsman); brothers Bertie (farm labourer) Sidney, Walter and William [8] and sister Eva [6]. The new siblings were born in Ingham.

His elder brother Bertie died from influenza in France in 1918, just 4 days after the Armistice. see here

He enlisted in Culford.

The battalion were in the area of Vierstraat and at the time the enemy in that place were not over concerned with fighting it seemed, hence Edward was the sole death that day.

He was initially buried in a small cemetery close to the line at "Rest and be Thankful Farm", but was exhumed and re-interred in Wytschaete in 1919

photo: Rodney Gibson

Edward Osborne is buried in Wytschaete Military Cemetery, grave 4:A:8

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details