(Service number 15955)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Captain


Date 29 December 1893 Place of Birth St Enoder, Cornwall, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 11 Fritz Street, Timaru
Occupation Ironworker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs F. OSBORNE (mother), Indian Queens, Cornwall, England
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitemata or Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Military Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

For Acts of Gallantry in the Field, 14 May 1918

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date *1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Mason, smallholder


Date 17 July 1989 Age 95 years
Place of Death Beaconville Nursing Home, Ivybridge, Devon
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Denis Osborne was the older son of Alfred (Fred) and Laura (née Minnear) Osborne, of Cornwall, England. He was at home with his family at St Enoder, Cornwall, in 1901 and 1911, working as a clay labourer in 1911. He was living in Timaru when he enlisted for World War I. Lance-Corporal Denis Osborne, 15955, was awarded the Military Medal on 14 May 1918, for Acts of Gallantry in the Field. Denis was discharged in 1919 in England – to “devoran”, Indian Queens, Cornwall. He married Marion Mitchell in 1922 in Cornwall. In 1939 Denis and Marion and their daughter were living at St Austell, Cornwall, Denis a mason and smallholder.

Margaret Grace Osborne, a sister of Denis, came out to New Zealand, returned to England and in 1917 married William Moyse Hocking, of Cornwall too, who had also been in New Zealand, residing in Timaru. William too served with the New Zealand Forces. Marion and William came back to Timaru and died there. The Methodist Church of Timaru placed a handsome window in the Bank Street Church as a memorial for the war victims of the congregations. Apart from the names of the fallen appearing on the window, the names of all who served were inscribed in a book which was to be preserved in the Church. Included in the names were those of Dennis Osborne and William Moyse Hocking. Given the parallels between Denis’ occupation and his mother’s address in 1916 and the occupations of Willie, Edwin and Harry Osborne and their address in 1911, one wonders if Denis was related to the Osborne brothers in Timaru.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 December 2016]; 1901, 1911 census returns England ( [24 March 2020]; 1939 Register ( [24 March 2020]; New Zealand Times, 27 May 1918, Timaru Herald, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [March 2020]

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