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John Albert Victor Bosley

Biography of Private John Albert Victor Bosley, (1222)
D Company 39th Battalion, 3rd Australian Division, Australian Imperial Force
Died 4th October 1917

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John Albert Victor Bosley

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jan – Mar 1896

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



No marriage for John has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.


Father’s Name:
Henry Bosley

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:

Father’s Occupation:
Railway Porter

Mother’s Name:
Ellen Louisa Martin

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Bangalore, Madras, India

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1895 Sheppey District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Thomas Henry Bosley, 1893, Sheernes (Half brother)
John Albert Victor Bosley, 1896, Bourne
Victoria Winifred Naomi Bosley, 1897, Spalding
Wilfred Herbert Henry Bosley, 1899, Spalding
James Edward Martin Bosley, 1906, Bourne

1901 Census:
John is living with his parents in Spalding, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
John is living with his mother in Hereford Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as a butcher errand boy.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper MentionsGrantham Journal Saturday 27th October 1917
WAR NOTES – Official notification has been received during the week of the death of three Bourne “boys”. Pte John Albert Victor Bosley, of the Australian Imperial Forces, was killed on October 4th. He was in Australia at the time of outbreak of war and joined the forces in the Colonies in March 1916 after having been twice rejected. He was in training in Australia for six weeks, afterwards being transferred to Salisbury Plain, where, after four months further training, he was drafted abroad. Another notification was in respect of Pte. Arthur Thornton, who was formerly in the employ of Messrs. T.W. Mays and Sons. Ltd. and was of such fine physique as to be acceptable for the Life Guards. The third notification was that of Sergt. Major Stephen Kettle, who was quite recently home on leave. Deceased was well known at Bourne and was in the Amy prior to the outbreak of war. Official notification has also been received that Pte. William Michelson, of Bourne, is missing. The news was received on Friday, the information being forwarded to his wife.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:

WW1 Soldier’s Records:

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
None found

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
John’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal
The 1914/15 Star

UK:Bourne, Roll of Honour in Bourne Abbey Church
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private John Albert Victor Bosley, 1222, 39th Bn, Australian Infantry, A.I.F, who died on 4 October 1917 Age 21
Son of Ellen Louisa Pick (formerly Bosley) of Bank Cottage, Eastgate, Bourne, Lincs and late Henry Bosley.
Remembered with honour, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

Enlisted Victoria, Australia, 23rd March 1916
27th May 1916 embarked in Melbourne on “Ascanius” to England
23rd November 1916 embarked to France from Southampton

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.