war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames O

O'Dell, G. A.
George Alexander O'Dell, 3445. He was a Corporal in the 2nd/7th battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He died of wounds on 1st June 1918, at the age of 36, and is buried at Aire Communal cemetery, France.

He was the son of Mrs. E. Chittenden, of Dover, born in Kasauli, India, and enlisted in Dover.

Oliver, C. F.
Charles Frederick Oliver, 30147. He was a Private in the 2nd/5th battalion, East Lancashire Regiment (formerly 33580 East Surreys). He was killed in action on 9 October 1917, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial

by Joyce BanksHe was the husband of Mrs. E. S. Oliver, of 32, Minerva Avenue, Dover, and was born and enlisted in Dover. .

The tombstone is at St Andrews, Buckland, and reads:
"In Loving Memory of Winnifred May Oliver, Who died 14th January 1927, Aged 20 years. Short was her life, sweet is her rest, God calls for those he loves best. Also to the memory of Charles Frederick Oliver, Father of the above, Who was killed in action 7th October 1917. His memory is as dear today, As in the hour he passed away. Also of Emma Susannah, Wife of the above, who passed away 18th April 1950. Aged 74 years."

Tyne Cot photo Jean Marsh
tombstone photo and transcription Joyce Banks

O'Lone, R.
Born in Belfast, Robert James O'Lone was the son of John and Mary O'Lone (née Spence). In 1911 he was serving as a Sergeant and Clerk in the 2nd Battalion the Irish Rifles, and stationed in Dover. The following year in Dover he married Gladys Louise Edwards. She was from an army family, and had been born on 26 April 1894 at Jullunder, India. The couple may have had a son, Robert James, born in 1913 in Wiltshire.

Mentioned in despatches, Robert was a 2nd Lieutenant, temporary Captain, aged 31, when he was killed in action on 11 November 1915. He is buried at Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Belgium. 

Mrs O'Lone later lived at 11, Grove Avenue, Twickenham, Middlesex. She died in 1971 in Dover.

Osborn, G. A. C.
George Ashby Chadwick Osborn. Born at Hartlepool in 1888, he was a temporary Captain in the Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment, 7th battalion. He was killed in action on 24th April 1917, and is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.

Osborn, G. C.
Gordon Chadwick Osborn. Born at Romney Marsh in 1894, he was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, and was 21 when he was killed in action on 18th April, 1915. He was the son of Colonel George Osborn (Royal Artillery), of Lavington Vernon, British Columbia, and is buried at Bedford House Cemetery, near Ypres in Belgium.

Osborne, A. E.
Archibald Edward Osborne was a Captain in the Buffs. He was in the 5th (Weald of Kent) battalion (territorial), attached to the 10th battalion, Worcestershire Regiment (another report says he was in the Loyal North Lancs Regiment, attached to the Worcestershires). He had received the award of the Croix de Guerre with Palm (France), and gazetted from the Honourable Artillery Company. He was 27 when he was killed in action on (20th) 21st March 1918, and is commemorated on the Arras memorial in France.

His parents were William Edward and Katherine Osborne, of 13 Hope Park, Bromley, Kent, late of Dover.  He may be the A E Osborne commemorated on the South Eastern and Chatham Railway Memorial.

AG Osbourne, house, by Simon ChambersOsborne, A. G.
Albert George Osborne, 42076. He was born in Malta, and enlisted in Dover to become a Private in 7th battalion of the Norfolk Regiment. He died of wounds on 2nd October 1918, at Abbeville, France, and is buried there, when he was 18.

He was the eldest of six children, four boys and two girls, the family of  Walter John and Ada Ozanne Osborne, of 2 Denison Villa, Underdown Road, Dover. They also lived at 108 Heathfield Avenue, Dover, and Mrs Osborne lived at 2 Noah's Ark Road, and possibly also in the cottages at the summit of the Whitfield hill. 

(We Remember 06)

2 Denison Villa was later the home of Maggie S-K's great aunt, Margaret Samuelson, née Easton
Albert came from Guernsey, and is also on
Channel Islands Great War Study Group website

Ovenden, H.
Herbert Stephen Ovenden was a Lieutenant (Quartermaster) in the Army Service Corps. He died on 3rd  September 1916, at the age of 44. He was the son of William and Charlotte E. Ovenden, of Dover; husband of Esther Mabel Ovenden, of 13, Queen Bertha Road, Ramsgate. He was buried on 7th September at Charlton cemetery in Dover, United Kingdom. QJ 24.

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