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Thomas William Osgood

Thomas William Osgood

Lieutenant "D" Bty. 23rd Bde., Royal Field Artillery
Died 19 July 1916 aged 31
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Quarry Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, where his gravestone is inscribed
“His life for his country, He freely gave, A noble life, A hero’s grave”

Thomas Osgood was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Osgood of Shawfield Farm, later of Normandy House in College Road.

The Aldershot News 28 July 1916 reported the letter from the officer commanding his battery “…he was killed instantaneously by shell fire, so did not suffer at all. He was an excellent officer and a very capable one; recently I applied for his promotion to Lieutenant. He was actually acting as Captain of his battery.…. Your son was buried this evening by our chaplain and a careful and exact record of the site has been made”.

The Aldershot Gazette and Military News 28 July 1916 reported that he had been educated at Farnham Grammar School and had worked for some years for Messrs. Dennis at Guildford. Two of his younger brothers were also serving in France. The Surrey Advertiser 3 August 1917 added that his name was on the Farnham Grammar School Roll of Honour.

Thomas Osgood travelled extensively for Messrs Dennis, including to Australia and the east. In 1912 he was in Bombay when he was asked to proceed to Siberia. He travelled via Madras, Ceylon, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai to Vladivostok "The Gate of the East". From there he went by train to his destination Krasnoyarsk, where he stayed for a month, leaving just as winter started to set in, and journeying via Korea and Japan.

William Thomas Osgood

Ash Great War Roll of Honour

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