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KIA 4th November 1918 S. Osborne 9/Welsh Regiment

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A victory medal for Samuel Osborne #'s 2289/TR4-21696/58092

 

 

 

Samuel was the son of George and Miriam Louisa Osborne, of Menai Cottage, Bangor, Caernarvonshire.

 

He had originally enlisted into the Welsh Guards, but was discharged after being found to be under-age and re-enlisted on 7 February 1917, age 17 years and 10 months, joining the 62nd Training Reserve Battalion, the 12th Reserve battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers being sent to Kinmel Park classified as a Young Soldier.  

 

In November 1917 he was posted to France, joining the 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, which was attached to 58 Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. He saw plenty of action during the following year, when the 19th Division was caught up in the three main German offensives, first on the Somme, then on the Lys and finally on the Aisne in April. Each time the 9th Welsh was virtually annihilated, so Samuel was lucky to have survived this tumultuous period.

 

His luck ran out when he was killed in action during the battalions’ final battle of the war, on 4 November 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois, France. He was also entitled to the British War Medal, which is missing.

 

he died less than a week before the end of the war after first joining up too young and even when he died he was still only 19.

 

He gave his all, let us not forget him.

 

A brief history of 9/Welsh Regiment.

 

9th (Service) Battalion
Sept 9th 1914 Formed at Cardiff as part of the K2 Second New Army and then moved to Salisbury Plain to join the 58th Brigade of the 19th (western)Division then moved to billets in Basingstoke, November 1914.
Jan 1915 Moved to Weston-super-Mare and then Perham Down in May 1915.
July 1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915
The Action of Pietre; diversionary action during the Battle of Loos 
1916
The Battle of Albert, The attacks on High Wood, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights, The Battle of the Ancre. 
1917
The Battle of Messines, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle, First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele. 
1918
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Bailleul, The First Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre and the passage of the Grand Honelle. 
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Wargnies north of Le Quesnoy, France.

 

 

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And some more of his service records which luckily survived the WWII bombings as well as his burial records.

 

 

 

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After further checking of his records he went to France on 30th May 1918 & only lasted less than 6 months before he was KIA 4th November 1918.

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Another great  find  Jerry,  with  a  tragic  story to  go  with  it. Thanks  for  showing

 

Jim

 

 

Thanks Jim.

 

So sad that such a young man was in such a hurry to go to war and in the end paid the ultimate price for that service.

 

The Welsh guards connection along with RWF and Welsh regiment links made this medal tick so many boxes for me and that along with his underage attempt to enroll as well as his tragic death less than week before the end of the great war made this one I had to have.

 

Any Welsh guards medals are hard to find and expensive when they do turn up.

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Hi Jerry,

 

Thank you for showing us another nice and interesting example from your Welsh collection, the copy of his service record and as so often with your posts with a fine description.

 

Jim, a tragic story indeed, and being killed so shortly before the war did end.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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thanks E-J.

 

Some pictures I was able to take today as I got home from work while it was still light.

 

 

 

 

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The War diary.

 

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Rare to get a medal relating to the Welsh guards without having to pay through the roof for it and such an interesting if not sad story.

 

I wonder how many of us would try so hard to get into the front line

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