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Not even sure if WW1 or WW2 but can anyone shed any light on this rather worn stone. It is at St.Mary Magdalene Church East Ham but there appears to be no record of it. It may be a CH copy as it is a NZ Regiment and could be outside qualifying dates. Inscription appears to read G6902 Private S Q (or O) Osborne NZ Canterbury Regt. Date is unclear. Thanks in advance. Regards Steve

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Hi,

A quick search at Archives New Zealand brings up the following S Osbornes who served in the NZEF during the first World War.

OSBORNE, Samuel Kingsbury - WW1 6/3821 - Army >>

1914 1918 New Zealand Defence Force, Personnel Archives M Wgtn

OSBORNE, Sion Charles - WW1 26902 - Army >>

1914 1918 New Zealand Defence Force, Personnel Archives O Wgtn

OSBORNE, Sunny - WW1 84779 - Army >>

1914 1918 New Zealand Defence Force, Personnel Archives O Wgtn

OSBORNE, Sydney - WW1 17045 - Army >>

1914 1918 New Zealand Defence Force, Personnel Archives

I think the second one on this list is your man. Sion Charles Osborne. His service number with something 6902 would indicate he is the one. Also the O or Q could be a C. You can order his service record online from Archives NZ.

Further details,

Please quote this information to request this record

title years

OSBORNE, Sion Charles - WW1 26902 - Army 1914 - 1918

agency series accession box / item record part alternative no.

AABK 18805 W5549 105 0088965

You can order his service record for a cost of $25.00NZD (10GBP approx) plus photocopying and postage from Archives New Zealand.

www.archives.govt.nz the email to send your order is reference@archives.govt.nz dont forget to quote the above info on his record I have given.

His service number would strongly suggest he was in the 14th or 15th reinforcements to the NZEF, they arrived in France in June and July of 1916 respectively. Hes not listed in CWGC which goes as far as 1921. I have also checked our NZ Roll of Honour, which extends out to 1923. Sion Osborne is not listed in that either. So all that suggests he died after 1923.

He possibly would have seen fighting at the Somme of 1916. Other major battles the NZ division took part in after that was Messines June 1917, Passchendaele 4th and 12th October 1917. March battles of the Somme 1918 and the fighting in the Somme area September of 1918. Of course, during any one of those battles he may have been wounded and discharged unfit for service. Getting his service record would certainly clarify that. Hope this helps.

cheers Aaron.

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Aaron. Many thanks for your help and reply. I got in touch yesterday with a friend who was doing some research in East Ham and he said he had been in touch with CWGC and they gave him the info that "according to our records there is a Non War Grave commemorating a New Zealand casualty Private S.C.Osborne who died in 1943". On the assumption that this is him, is there any info in the N.Z.Archives about this man ? Just for information, CWGC do not have a maintenance agreement re the headstones in this place, only for a recently erected war memorial which does not include Pte Osborne. Thanks again for your help. Regards Steve

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Hi Steve,

Yes, NZ Archives hold his service records, no further info on that individual. Also I have rechecked his regimental service number, 26902 was most likely in the 17th Reinforcements. They left NZ 23rd October 1916 and arrived in Sling camp 18th Novemebr 1916. Therefore Sion Osbornes first major action was Messines 7th June 1917.

cheers Aaron.

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Surname OSBORNE

Given Name Sion Charles

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 2

Regimental Number 26902

Rank Private

Next of Kin Title Miss Edith

Next of Kin Surname OSBORNE

Next of Kin Relationship Daughter

Next of Kin Address 220 Beckton Road London E England

Roll 41

Page 6

Occupation Plumber

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