Henry Willcox Osburn

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Captain (retired) Henry Willcox Osburn (30 October, 1874 – 7 January, 1957) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Royal Navy Officer.

Osburn was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1896.[1]

Osburn was appointed in command of the destroyer Flirt on 16 October, 1901.[2]

Osburn was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1907 and appointed as executive officer in second class protected cruiser Arrogant on 10 September, 1907. The following month, Osburn helped rescue the crew of S.S. Leon XIII in heavy weather.[3]

Upon leaving the ship in September, 1908, Osburn received a curiously balanced review from Captain Ralph Hudleston of the Arrogant which noted that Osburn was "a capable executive officer who has brought the ship from a dirty condition into a clean & creditable state, but who on the occasion of [illeg] being compelled to issue a disagreeable order which retained most of the officers and all the men on board (i.e., from a long leave) for refitting the ship at Haulbowline failed to support me in my duty & applied to be placed on half pay." This stint at half pay would last three months.[4]

Great War

Osburn was appointed in command of the scout cruiser Sentinel on 14 August, 1914.[5]

In January 1916 he was stricken with influenza and was not again fit until 21 March.[6]

Osburn was appointed in command of the monitor Prince Rupert on 16 May, 1917.[7]

On 12 March, 1918, he took over the duties of Senior Naval Officer, Tees.

Post-War

On 22 April, 1919, Osburn was appointed in command of the light cruiser Birkenhead.[8]

He was thanked by the Air Council for his help, as Acting C.O., Humber Area, in connection with the salvage operations of the wrecked airship R 38.[9]

Osburn was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Captain on 29 July, 1922.[10]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Theobald W. B. Kennedy
Captain of H.M.S. Kestrel
Aug, 1901[11] – 27 Aug, 1901[12]
Succeeded by
James U. Farie
Preceded by
Christopher P. Metcalfe
Captain of H.M.S. Fawn
27 Aug, 1901[13] – 16 Oct, 1901[14]
Succeeded by
Robert W. Myburgh
Preceded by
Michael H. Hodges
Captain of H.M.S. Flirt
16 Oct, 1901[15][16] – 22 Feb, 1902[17]
Succeeded by
Brian H. F. Barttelot
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Zephyr
22 Feb, 1902[18][19] – 30 Apr, 1902[20]
Succeeded by
George N. Ballard
Preceded by
Frederick H. Hallowes
Captain of H.M.S. Wizard
11 Jun, 1902[21][22] – 1 Oct, 1902[23]
Succeeded by
Robert W. Myburgh
Preceded by
George B. Brennan
Captain of H.M.S. Gossamer
Jun, 1906[24]c. Aug, 1906[25]
Succeeded by
Harold Escombe
Preceded by
Charles E. W. Pyddoke
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
27 Nov, 1910[26] – 19 May, 1911[27]
Succeeded by
Geoffrey P. Russell
Preceded by
Gerald C. Dickens
Captain of H.M.S. Garry
21 Jun, 1911[28][29] – 22 Jan, 1913[30]
Succeeded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Preceded by
Thomas K. Maxwell
Captain of H.M.S. Mallard
22 Jan, 1913[31] – 20 Feb, 1913[32]
Succeeded by
Osmond J. Prentis
Preceded by
John E. Cameron
Captain of H.M.S. Patrol
31 Jul, 1913[33] – Aug, 1913[34]
Succeeded by
Alan C. Bruce
Preceded by
Cunningham R. de C. Foot
Captain of H.M.S. Mars
2 Sep, 1913[35] – 9 Feb, 1914[36]
Succeeded by
Tristan Dannreuther
Preceded by
Gerald Harper
Captain of H.M.S. Sentinel
14 Aug, 1914[37] – 4 Apr, 1916[38]
Succeeded by
Archibald Cochrane
Preceded by
Harold O. Reinold
Captain of H.M.S. Prince Rupert
16 May, 1917[39][40] – Mar, 1919[41]
Succeeded by
Alfred G. Alexander
Preceded by
Graham R. L. Edwards
Captain of H.M.S. Birkenhead
22 Apr, 1919[42][43] – 29 Jul, 1922[44]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, October 12, 1901. Issue 36584, col D, p. 10.
  3. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  4. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  5. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 380.
  6. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  7. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 885.
  8. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 740.
  9. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  10. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  11. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  12. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  13. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  14. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  15. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  16. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, October 12, 1901. Issue 36584, col D, p. 10.
  17. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  18. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  19. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 314.
  20. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  21. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  22. "Naval & Military Intelligence The Times (London). Saturday, 14 June 1902. (36794), p. 9.
  23. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  24. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  25. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  26. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  27. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  28. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  29. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 319.
  30. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  31. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  32. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  33. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  34. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  35. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  36. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  37. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398.
  38. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  39. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  40. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 885.
  41. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513. Day of month not legible, but may be 21.
  42. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  43. The Navy List. (September, 1919). p. 740.
  44. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.