The AIF Project


Regimental number3733
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address16-18 Halifax Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs J Orsborn, 16-18 Halifax Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 October 1917
Discharge date21 January 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 52nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 4 September 1916 (gun shot wound, left elbow), and admitted to 4th General Hospital, Camiers, 5 September 1916; transferred to England, 21 September 1916, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 22 September 1916 (gun shot wound, left arm and thigh); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 October 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 January 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 7 February 1917.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 19 April 1917, and transferred to Divisional Rest Station (septic traumatic abrasions, feet); discharged to duty, 30 April 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 2 May 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 21 May 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to 77th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 8 June 1917; to England, 9 June 1917, abd admitted for Fort Pitt Central Military Hospital, Chatham, 10 June 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 July 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 6 August 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Beltana', 18 October 1917; arrived Melbourne, 10 December 1917, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged, Adelaide, 21 January 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as OSBORN.
Date of death28 June 1923
Age at death28
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 5, Grave No. East 9), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ORSBORN Edwin

Print format