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Walter William OSMOND

Regimental number4268
Place of birthSale, Victoria
SchoolCentral State School, Richmond, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address7 Lincoln Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinFather, Ernest John Osmond, 7 Lincoln Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 January 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death19.11
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents; Ernest and Katie OSMOND, 7 Lincoln Street, North Richmond, victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin (1st): Bertie GIBBS, died while a POW in Germany.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateua, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2070112:'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Statement, 4263 Pte R. GIBSON, 59th Bn, 10 October 1917: 'I saw Casualty killed by H.E. shell on the 19th July at Fleurbaix, just as he was about to leave the trench. He was not buried.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, OSMOND Walter William
Red Cross File No 2070112

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