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Regimental number2971
Place of birthEarls Barton, Northamptonshire, England
SchoolElementary Schools, Earls Barton & Rushden, Northamptonshire, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
AddressThe Meadows, Illowa, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5.5"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Osborne, Court Estate, Newtown Road, Rushden, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 February 1916
Place of enlistmentWarrnambool, victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMigrated alone to Australia; family remained in England. 'Total abstainer and non-smoker.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingnr Ypres, Belgium
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Emma OSBORNE, Court Estate, Newton Road, Rushden, England. Native of Earls Barton, Northants, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 5 September 1916, and marched in to 5th Training Bn.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1916; taken on strength, 29th Bn, in the field, 22 September 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 17 December 1916 (diarrhoea); transferred same day to Anzac Corps Rest Station; discharged to duty, 21 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 22 December 1916.

On leave to United Kingdom, 1 September 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 14 September 1917.

Killed in action, 12 October 1917.

Buried Molenaarlens Hock, Broodseinde Ridge; grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin address recorded incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Rushton, England.
SourcesNAA: B2455, OSBORNE Frank

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