In Flanders Fields… Sydney Osbond

Sydney James OSBOND

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18


Mendinghem Military Cemetery

Mendinghem Military Cemetery

Rank: Private
Service No: 45791 – Formerly M/225697, R.A.S.C
Regiment/Service: South Wales Borderers – 2nd Battalion
Died: 01/07/1917 – Died of wounds probably on the first day of the Battle of Messines Ridge, aged 19
Cemetery: Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium – Grave: II. E. 43.
Memorial Inscription: ‘Victory won, Peace Perfect Peace’
War Office Information: Son of Thomas and Clara Osbond, of Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

The Osbond family were well known in the village and ran the butcher’s and slaughterhouse that stood at the side of the church wall on Church Hill.  Thomas and Clara Osbond, Sydney’s parents, had three sons, all of whom served in the army. Sydney, the youngest, was born in Geddington in late 1897 and baptised there at the end of January 1898.

Sydney went out to France in May 1917 and was severely wounded in battle on 30th of June . He was taken to a casualty clearing station at Proven just over the border in Belgium and died of his wounds the following day.

His two brothers returned home.

Osbond’s slaughterhouse and Geddington Church circa 1924

1901 Census: Church Hill, Geddington
Thomas Osbond (father); Aged 37; butcher; b. Rushton
Clara Osbond (mother); Aged 34; b. Geddington
Aubrey Osbond (brother); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Reginald Osbond (brother); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Sydney Osbond; Aged 3; b. Geddington
William Amey (lodger), Aged 14, apprentice butcher, b. Grafton Underwood (William is remembered on the Brigstock war memorial)

1911 Census: Geddington
Thomas Osbond (father); Aged 47; butcher; b. Corby – married 20 years
Clara Osbond (mother); Aged 44 – 3 children, all living
Aubury Thomas Osbond (brother); Aged 18; butcher
Reginald George Osbond (brother); Aged 16; carpenter
Sydney James Osbond; Aged 13