Married: George Watson Smyth on 2 June
1894, in Richmond, Surrey, England. George is recorded as aged 27, the
son of George Watson Smyth, and Constance is recorded as aged 26, the
daughter of William Osborn.
Married: James Henry Donaldson on 11
December 1889, in Westminster
district, London, England. James was born in 1862/3, in Scotland,
and in 1901 his occupation is listed as "Artist Palmer", perhaps really
"Artist Painter". James was likely the James Henry Donaldson to whom is
of Shat-al-Arab, and also the man assumed to be the
subject in the painting by Robert
usually described as "Portrait of a gentleman, probably James Henry
Donaldson, with a glass of wine". James, Robert Bevan and Eric
Forbes-Robertson spent time together in 1890-91, at Villa Julia in
Pont-Aven, Brittany, France.
Baptism: 29 June 1832, in St. George,
Ramsgate, Kent, England Father: John Osborn
Mother: Alicia Hill
Louisa Kensington on 27
1866, in St Stephens Church, Ootacamund, Madras, India. William is
listed as aged 34, the son of John Osborn. Katharine is listed as aged
21, the daughter of Charles Kensington. William was a captain in the
30th Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry.
The Times of India 10 October 1866 Sept
27th at St Stephen's Church Ootacamund, by the Venerable Archdeacon
Dealtry, Captain William Osborn, 30th Regt MNI to Katharine Louisa,
daughter of the late Lieut Charles Kensington, 14th Regt Madras NI
William and Katharine were divorced on 31 July 1878.
Education: Kipling-Stalky United
Services College, Westward Ho, and at Sandhurst
Married: Ethel Marion (Elgee) Cardew on
1900, in Sialkot, Bengal, India. William is recorded as single, the
son of William Osborn, and Ethel is recorded as widowed, the
daughter of Charles Elgin. Ethel was born in 1875, in Aldershot,
Hampshire, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Elgee. Ethel had
previously married George Schuyler Cardew on 20 August 1896, in Dover,
Kent. In that marriage, Ethel is recorded as aged 21, the daughter of
Charles Elgee. George Cardew, a Surgeon-Major in the Royal Army Medical
Corps, died at Murree, India, on 17 August 1898.
Occupation: Army Officer. William was
decorated C.B., D.S.O., C.M.G. and reached the rank of Brigadier-Geneal.
William entered the Royal Sussex Regiment on 28 November 1890 (London Gazette 28 November 1890 p6698) and
served with the 2nd Battalion in India., and promoted to Lieutenant on 10
Febriary 1892 (Army List 1895). He served in the Tirah
Campaign, 1897–98 (medal and two clasps). William was promoted to
Captain on 22 March 1899 (London Gazette 4 April 1899 p2228) and
served as Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion from 4 September 1899 (London Gazette 5 September 1899 p5521)
until 1903. William then joined the 1st Battalion, The Royal Sussex
Regiment, and served with them in India between 1904-1910. He
participated in the Thibet Mission Force in 1904 (medal) and was
Brigade-Major of the Sirhind Brigade in Punjab, India from 1905 until
1909. William was promoted to Major on 13 July 1910 (London Gazette 12 July 1910 p4958).
He was appointed to command the Depôt in Chichester in July 1910, but
in August 1914 he was promoted to temporary Lieutenant-Colonel with the
responsibility for raising and training the 7th Battalion, the first
'New Army' battalion of The Royal Sussex Regiment. He commanded the new
battalion in France from May 1915, and in July 1916 he was promoted to
temporary Brigadier-General in command of the 16th Infantry Brigade of
the 6th Division., then the 192nd Infantry Brigade from 1917 to 1918.
During the War, William was mentioned in dispatches six times and
decorated with C.B., D.S.O., C.M.G., and the Order of Danilo 3rd Class.
William was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 15 April 1916 (London Gazette 14 April 1916 p3938):
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the
appointment of the undermentioned Officers to be Companions of the
Distinguished Service Order, in recognition of their gallantry and
devotion to duty in the field:-
Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) William Lushington Osborn, The Royal
Sussex Regiment, Commanding 7th Battalion.
For conspicuous ability in the performance of his duties. The
excellent training of his Battalion and the careful attention paid to
all details of organisation of defence, ensured that the captured
position he took over on relief was securely held, in spite of constant
counter-attacks. He showed great initiative in launching
The Order of Danilo, 3rd Class, was conferred on William by the King of
Montenegro on 31 October 1916 (London Gazette 9 March 1917 p2448).
His appointment as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St.
George (C.M.G.) came on 16 April 1918 (National Archives RSR/MSS/9/25),
and Companion of the Order of Bath (C.B.) on 1 January 1919 (London Gazette 31 December 1918 p2).
William commanded the 5th Infantry Brigade of the 2nd Division in
France and Germany in 1918-1919, and was wounded on 5 October 1918 (The
Western Front Association).
In May 1919 he was posted as Lieutenant-Colonel to the 2nd Battalion,
The Royal Sussex Regiment. He was made Substantive Colonel in 1920 and
retired in 1921. In May 1926 William succeeded Major-General James
Charles Young as Hon. Colonel of the Royal Sussex Regiment and retained
that office until July 1941 when he was succeeded by Brigadier Richard
Notes: Who Was Who
Brig.-Gen. William Lushington OSBORN
CB 1919; CMG 1917; DSO 1916
Born 30 July 1871; o s of late Lt-Gen. W. Osborn, Indian Army; m 1900,
Ethel Marion, d of late General Charles Elgee, 23rd Royal Welch
Fusiliers; no c ; died 10 April 1951 Education: United Services Coll.;
Westward Ho!; Sandhurst Career: Entered Royal Sussex
Regt in 1890; served Tirah Campaign, 1897–98 (medal and two clasps);
Adj. 2nd Batt. 1899-1903; served in Thibet Mission Force, 1904 (medal);
Brigade-Major, Sirhind Brigade, Punjab, India, 1905-09; 1st Batt. Royal
Sussex Regt, India, till 1912; Commanding Depôt Chichester, 1912-14;
served European War, 1915-18 (despatches six times, CB, DSO, CMG, Bt
Lt-Col, Order of Danilo 3rd Class); Commanded 7th Batt. Royal Sussex
Regt, 1914-16; Temp. Brig.-General, 16th Infantry Brigade, 1916-17;
192nd Infantry Brigade, 1917-18; 5th Infantry Brigade, 1918-19; Lt-Col
2nd Batt. Royal Sussex Regt, 1919; Substantive Colonel, 1920; retired
pay, 1921; Hon. Col Royal Sussex Regt, 1926-41; Hon. Col 4th Bn Royal
Sussex Regt, 1926-47 Address: Chichester, Sussex