A.B. Charles William Deller OSMOND

Royal Navy
H.M.S. Victory (VICTORY (Barracks) was the former name for HMS NELSON, a shorebase in Portsmouth. [see below]
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Date of Death:
8 November 1919
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Personal History:

Charles was born in January/February 1887 (baptised 6th February) at Hampreston, Dorset.  He was the eldest son of Walter William (Market Gardner) and Charlotte Mary Louisa (née Deller) Osmond. He had seven younger brothers and sisters, John C., David, Dorothy, Charlotte, Annie, Ruby Octavia and Herbert. (1901 Census RG 13/3269) By 901 the family had moved to 10 Grange Road, Buxton and Charles was employed as an "Errand Boy".
The 1911 Census (RG 14/ 21241) shows the family now running 10 Grange Road as a Lodging House, but Charles is now Able Seaman 416, HMS Imperieuse, based at Weymouth, Dorset. (RG 14/12373)

Military History:
Charles obviously enlisted in the Royal Navy between 1901 and 1911 and his ship, HMS Imperieuse, was built from 1883 and commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1886. She was converted into a depot ship at Portland in 1905 and renamed HMS Sapphire II. The name was reverted to Imperieuse in 1909. From 1912 she was a Depot Ship for destroyers, so a workshop cum repair ship, as well as a floating "hotel". She was finally scrapped on 24th September 1914.

After this Charles served on HMS Victory, which was used in World War 1 as the name of Portsmouth Barracks. The CWGC have his establishment as HMS Victory; however, his headstone shows HMS Cochrane [pictured right].

HMS Cochrane was a Warrior-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy and launched in
1905. She served in the 2nd Cruiser Squadron during the First World War under Rear-Admiral
Herbert Heath, taking part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. She was based in Murmansk in mid-
1918 during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. She became stranded in the River
Mersey on 14 November 1918 and broke in two. The wreck was broken up in place by June 1919.

Charles does not appear on the official list of Naval Casualties so presumably Charles died after
the end of War and his family requested his name to be included on the Memorial in view of his
service. As he served in the War he is obviously eligible for his CWGC headstone. Charles also
received the 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal.

N.B. The St John's Church, Buxton, Memorial Window inscription lists Charles' place of death
"In Gallipoli", clearly not the case as he is buried in Buxton Cemetery. [This might be a confusion
with Stoker 1c DAVID Osmond, Nelson Battalion, RND, who was killed in action on the 6th June
1915, in Gallipoli, as the St John's inscription uses the Christian name "David".]

Commemorated on:
St John's Church Memorial  plus engraved Brass plaque on south wall to rear of the nave.
Link to CWGC Record
AB Osmond's Grave in Buxton Cemetery