Frank Cecil Osborne

Language: English
Rank & Number: Wireless Operator
Regiment: Royal Navy
Cemetery / Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial
Other memorials: Glan Conwy


17th May 1917, aged 18 (sunk off Holland)

Excerpts taken from the following book:
Dr Bridget Osborne, We Will Remember Them… The Men of Eglwysbach and Llansanffraid who served in the Great War, 2016

Life / Background:

Frank Cecil Osborne was the son of Frank Osborne and his wife, Elizabeth Maude. Although the 1911 census shows they had two living children, only Frank Cecil appears on the census returns. When Frank Cecil was born, they were living at 283 Liverpool Street. Frank senior was a beer seller, employing a bar man who lived at the same address. In 1911, even though Frank Senior was working in Salford, Elizabeth was staying at Oak Villa with Frank Cecil, who was then 12 years old, and his cousins Harry Hind, also 12, Walter 7 and Joseph aged 4. She was no doubt glad of the help of her servant, Florence May Farrell.
Frank Cecil was working as a wireless operator on SS Cito when she was intercepted by German torpedo boat destroyers S-53 and V-73, 20 miles east of Noordhinder lightship on May 17th, 1917. The destroyers sank the steamship with gunfire. The captain and ten of the crew were killed.

His father Frank is named as the secretary on the Glan Conwy Roll of Honour and possibly founded the Glan Conwy British Legion to commemorate the loss of his only son.