OSBORNE, Harry John Teague
(Service number 46530)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank Lieutenant


Date 4 October 1893 Place of Birth St Columb, Cornwall, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 22 Rhodes Street, Timaru
Occupation Labourer (Brickyards)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Lottie Rose De Amour ROSEVEARE (sister), Oxford Street, Timaru
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 24th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
Date 5 April 1917
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Meter reader


Date 15 August 1972 Age 78 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 145, Plot 886
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Harry John Teague Osborne was the youngest of the three sons of Thomas Henry (Harry) and Mary Jane (née Teague) Osborne, of Cornwall, England. Harry was at home with his family at St Columb, Cornwall in 1901 and 1911, before the family migrated to Timaru, New Zealand. He was a clay worker. In 1916 May Jane Osborne died at Timaru. Two older brothers – Thomas Edwin Osborne and William Henry Osborne – also served in World War I. All three were noted bandsmen in Timaru. “Lieutenant H. Osborne, an old Timaru bandsman, is expected home to-day. It is understood that he is the last Timaru man to return from the war. Mr Osborne left with, the 24th Reinforcement, and at the front was in charge of the Wellington Band. He left as a private and returns a lieutenant.” (Timaru Herald, 6 March 1920). 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 Harry John Teague Osborne, Thomas Edwin Osborne and William Henry Osborne. Harry Osborne married Emily Blanchard in 1922. Harry nominated his sister Lottie Roseveare as his next-of-kin. Lottie had married William Joseph Roseveare in 1909 in Cornwall. Lottie and William also migrated to Timaru, where William enlisted in 1918.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 December 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [22 March 2020]; 1901, 1911 census returns England ( [24 March 2020]; Timaru Herald, 6 & 9 March 1920, 5 July 1922 (Papers Past) [March 2020]

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