Other names: Osborne Bernard
Locations in this story: Motcombe, Shaftesbury, DorsetGallipoli, TurkeyMarlborough, Wiltshire
Story: Osborne Bernard Ricketts was born on 14 Apr 1892 in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there on 30 Aug 1892 the son of James John Charles Ricketts and Sara Ann Ricketts (nee Broadway). He lived most of his early life at Culverhouse Farm, Motcombe, where his father was the Farmer. He enlisted on the 1 May 1908 and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Territorial Force attending annual camps for training. (Service No. 226). (N.B. His military records are in the name of Bernard only.) He was re-engaged on 30 Apr 1914 and embodied on 5 Aug 1914 with the rank of Corporal. (Service No. 1058). He was at Gallipoli, Turkey, and landed at Sulva Bay where he was severely wounded on 2 Aug 1915. He was invalided back to the UK on 9 Oct 1915 and discharged on 5 Jun 1916 having completed his terms of engagement. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Sophia Louisa King on 24 Apr 1917 at Motcombe, Dorset. They went on to have three children. By the 1939 Register he was living at Sadden Farm, Burbage, West Grafton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, working as a Dairyman and Cowman. He died in Marlborough in 1966.