James Bunbury Nott OSBORNE

OSBORNE, James Bunbury Nott

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 January 1898
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 1st Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
Born: Bega, New South Wales, 14 May 1878
Home Town: Gundaroo, Yass Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Rugby School, England
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Sydney, New South Wales, 24 June 1934, aged 56 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sydney (Waverley) General Cemetery
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1898: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 1st Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse, The Boer Offensive
1 Jan 1898: Enlisted Australian and Colonial Military Forces

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Born at Bega in 1878, the son of Pat Hill and Elizabeth Jane (née Atkinson) Osborne. He was educated at Rugby College in England. He married Maud Jeffries, an American actress, on 25 October 1904 at St Paul’s Church at Papanau in New Zealand and lived at his parents’ property ’Currandooley’, near Bungendore, as a grazier and horse breeder. 

Osborne was commissioned into the 1st Australian Horse on 1 January 1898, when he joined a contingent of the unit raised at Bungendore by his father, Pat Hill Osborne.

The unit’s first Easter camp was held at ‘Currandooley’, the nearby Osborne property, where Pat Osborne provided free rations, transport and forage. He also entertained the officers, including his son James, to dinner.

During the Boer War, the Australian Horse provided two contingents, in 1899 and 1900. Osborne served as second in command with the First Contingent, arriving in Cape Town on 13 December 1899.

Shortly after arriving in South Africa, James received a commission to the 16th Lancers on 5 February 1900 and served with them. He was later attached to General French’s headquarters. 

He was present at the Relief of Kimberley and while there, left the Australian Horse and took up a commission with the British 16th Lancers. He was closely involved in the surrender of Bloemfontein. Osborne took part in operations in Orange Free State and Transvaal between January 1900 and November 1900 he also saw action at Reit River, Klip Drift, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, Dreifontein, Karee Siding, Belfast and Slingersfontein. 

He was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with five clasps. 

The Queanbeyan Age of 4 July 1900 reported that he had been suffering from enteric fever in the Bloemfontein hospital and had been given three months’ leave in England. In August 1901, he was back at home visiting his parents at ’Currandooley’, having just been appointed as the aide-de-camp to Lord Ranfurley the Governor of New Zealand. 

Osborne eventually returned to Australia and took up the family property ‘Bowylie’, at Gundaroo, NSW. He died in 1934." - SOURCE (www.warmemorialsregister.nsw.gov.au)


Mr. James Bunbury Nott Osborne, who died in Sydney on Sunday, aged 56, was the owner of Bowylie station, Gundaroo, a property carrying between 12,000 and 14,000 sheep. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. Pat Hill Osborne, of Currandooley. He completed his education at Rugby, England, and, returning to Australia gained experience on his father's property. He served in the South African War, and subsequently served as aide-de-camp to Lord Ranfurly during the latter's term as Governor-General of New Zealand from 1897. He acquired Bowylie station more than 30 years ago. Apart from grazing, he was keenly interested in racing and other sport. He was a member of the Union Club and the Australian Club. He is survived by Mrs. Osborne and one son Mr. Bedford Osborne. The funeral took place, on Monday morning at Waverley cemetery."from the Cootamundra Herlad 29 Jun 1934 (nla.gov.au)