Robert William John Osmond, QSA, M.C

1881 Jul 26. Born Highworth, Wilts

1891 census at 4&5, James Watt Street, Birmingham

1898 Nov 18. Enlisted in Coldstream Guards. He was a bricklayer

1899 Mar 10 Posted to Gibraltar

1899 Nov 3. Posted to UK.

1900 Aug 9 Posted to South Africa

1901-1902. Boer War. Served as Private 2177 in Coldstream Guards - The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal The Kings's South Africa (KSA) Medal Clasps: South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902

1902 Sep 22. Appointed L/Sergeant

1902 Oct 5. Posted back to UK

1905 Jan 7. Promoted Sergeant

1906 Aug 11. Transferred to Reserves on expiration of his term of service

1909 Apr 18. Married in Aston, Warwickshire to Lily White

1911 at Public House Train Tavern 201 Great Fran St Birmingham

1914 Aug Mobilized

1914 Aug 5, Promoted CQMS

1915 Jul 21. Commissioned 2nd Lt

1916 May 1. Photos taken before leaving for France

Quarter-Master and Cooks, 23rd (Service Battalion) (2nd Football) Middlesex Regiment. Quarter-Master and Staff, 23rd (Service Battalion) (2nd Football) Middlesex Regiment.

V&A photo of Q/M Lt RWJ Osmond in the centre of each photo

1916 May 4 Landed in France

He appears to have moved at some point to Labour Corps while Capt.

1918 Jan 1 MC Gazetted

1918 Jul 23. The undermentioned temp. Qr.-Mrs. and Lts. to be Capts.: — R. W. J. Osmond, M.C.

1920 Sep 11. Arrived in Canada.

1920 Oct 25 Returns to UK. He is a clerk. He indicates that he intends to return to Canada

1921 Sep 1.Infantry.—The undermentioned temp. Qrmrs. relinquish their comms. on completion of service, and retain their rank: — Capt. : R. W. J. Osmond, M.C.

1920 Dec 6. Joined ADRIC with service no 1171. Posted to B Coy

1921 Jan 4 Promoted Section Leader and A/CQM of B Coy

Believed to be Marshall, Bluch and Osmond,

1921 Oct 5. Relinquishes A/CQM appointment

1921 Oct 10. 2 days special duty in Cork

1921 Oct 15. Posted to A Coy

1922 Jan 30. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Joined USC

Osmond is the man with the MC 4th from right.HG Boyd is 4th from Left On the back is the name H. Allison & Son, Armagh, Newry, Warrenpoint. Platoons had two officers, a Head Constable, four sergeants and sixty special constables.

1926 Mar 27. Leaves UK for Canada. He is a DI in RUC and his address is Military Barracks, Armagh

1937 Jun 17 Arrives in UK from Canada. He is a "messenger" travels 3rd class and alone.

1937 Jul 8. Returns to Canada from UK

1938 in a directory of Montreal, he is president of South African War Veterans Association

1940 Jun 16. Son baptised, he had been born 10 Jul 1920

1941 Jul 12. Died Montreal at Snowden Theatre