Osborne Wilson

Name: Osborne Wilson

Rank: Private

Service Number: 3929

Units Served: 27th and 50th Battalion

Personal Details: Osborne Wilson was born in Mt. Gambier, South Australia, during mid 1888, the son of Robert Palmer and Emily Wilson. He worked as a farmhand in Mount Gambier. His hair and complexion were dark and his eyes were hazel. His height was 5’ 6” and his weight 149 lbs.

Enlistment Details: Wilson enlisted in Mount Gambier on the 6th of September 1915 and was assigned to the 9th Reinforcement of the 27th Battalion.

Details of His Role in the War: Wilson embarked from Adelaide on the 7th of February 1916 on the HMAT “Miltiades” and arrived in Heliopolis, Egypt where he was then allotted and joined the 50th Battalion. On the 5th of June 1916 he left Alexandria on the “Arcadia” and arrived in Marseilles on the18th to join the British Expeditionary Force. He then moved to the Somme region where the 50th Battalion was involved in two battles at Mouquet Farm. The first was between the 13th and 15th of August and the second was on the 3rd of September. During this second battle Osborne was hit by shrapnel and received a wound to the skull. He was sent to the 44th Casualty Clearing Station where he died of his wounds 5 days later.

Date of Death: 8th September 1916

Age at Death: 28

Cemetery Details: Puchevillers British Cemetery, Plot IV, Row B, Grave 12.

Commemorated by


Stephanie Sanders

5th December 2008