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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Osborough, William Thomas


Sergeant William Thomas Osborough

was born in 1895.

He was the son of Andrew Osborough and Margaret Osborough.   They married in 1892 in 1st Holywood Presbyterian Church. 

In 1901, the family were living in house 169.1 Garvagh, Co. Londonderry.  In 1910, a Sergeant (Andrew) Osborough is recorded as being in charge of Portstewart Royal Irish Constabulary station. 

See more on Andrew Osborough below.

By 1911 the family had moved to house 49.1 Coleraine Road, Portstewart. They were recorded under the surname 'Oborough'.

In 1911 William Thomas Osborough is recorded as boarding in house 13, Infirmary Road, East Side (Monpelier Hill). (Arran Quay, Dublin).   His occupation is a Civil Service Clerk (Boy Clerk Irish Land Commission).

On 28th September 1912, Osborough signed the Ulster Covenant at the City Hall, Belfast.

Osborough would have joined the Belfast Banking Company by 1911 / 1912 working in Lurgan.



Belfast Banking Company, Lurgan branch


During the Great War, Osborough served with the 10th Royal Irish Fusiliers. Osborough served with the 11th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers and attained the rank of Sergeant.

The Belfast News Letter of 17th November 1915 reports:




The National Archives records a Medal Index Card as follows:

Royal Irish Fusiliers, 22758, Sergeant.  He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Osborough returned to work. 

He is remembered on the Roll of Honour in Holywood Presbyterian Church.

There is also a W T Osborough detailed on the WW2 Roll of Honour in Glendermott Presbyterian Church, Altnagelvin, Londonderry.  I have no record of Wm Thomas Osborough serving in WW2; his age would have been between 44 and 50.




In 1931 he was Worshipful Master in the Freedom Masonic Lodge No. 394, The Mount, Belfast.

Osborough was a member of the Belfast Banking Company Sports Club on 26th March 1945 paying 5 shillings subscription.   He also served in South End and Western branches.   Osborough is recorded in the 1956 annual accounts of the Belfast Banking Company as being manager of Bangor branch.

Retirement came in 1957.

The Staff Magazine ‘The Link (Summer 1984)’ contains a photograph of Osborough in a 1947 Belfast Banking Company Cricket Team.


Sergeant Andrew Osborough (Royal Irish Constabulary)

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY—CONSTABLE OSBOROUGH, CO. DOWN.
HC Deb 04 April 1887 vol 313 cc360-1360
MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether Constable Osborough, Royal Irish Constabulary, when stationed at Holywood, County Down, was twice reported for neglect of duty, and was, on the recommendation of the District-Inspector, transferred to another station; whether a memorial was received by the County Inspector of Down, from magistrates of the district, asking for the return of Osborough to Holywood station; whether, on this memorial having been forwarded to Dublin Castle, the Inspector General directed that Osborough should be sent back to Holywood; and, whether this action of the Inspector General is in accordance with the practice always followed in such cases?
THE CHIEF SECEETAEY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR)(Manchester, E.)

I am informed that no complaint or report was made against this constable, but that the County Inspector had given an order which led to his transfer, and that the magistrates at Holywood asked that he should be sent back on the ground of his good conduct, local knowledge, and good service, and the County Inspector complied. The matter was in the discretion of the County Inspector, and was not referred to the Inspector General.

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