World War I
Thomas Joseph Osborn

Thomas Joseph Osborn was born in Stock in 1878, and was the son of the Reverend Thomas Joseph Osborn who lived in the village.
He and his wife Florence lived in Soho Middlesex, and Thomas enlisted in St Pancras. He joined the Rifle Brigade as a Rifleman P/1504, 16th Battalion Prince Consorts Own.
He died of wounds received on the open phases of the Somme offensive 4th July 1916 aged 38. He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery V.F.47.
For much of the First World War, Bethune was comparatively free from bombardment and remained an important railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters. The 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was in the town until December 1917.
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