My uncle Sam
Samuel Osborne, Serjeant Number1091335
Parachute Regiment (South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Volunteers))
Wounded in decent over France finally died at Caen on 23rd June where he is buried at the CWG.
The 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion was formed from the 2nd/4th Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment in May 1943 and belonged to the 5th Parachute Brigade of the 6th Airborne Division. ( The 6th Airborne was the only such division numbered such as to cause the Germans to think there were four more divisions.
It jumped into Normandy on D-Day 6th June 1944 remaining in the line until the final break-out to the Seine in August.
Sam had a very gallant war recod, volunteered to join up and then volunteered for paras, trained at Ringway Manchester, they used to land at Tatton Park near our village and then bus back to the airfield now Manchester Airport. He fractured his back on a landing but carried on with the days training. His promotion from joining as a private to serjeant was within months. He took off just before midnight and was shot by the Germans as he descended, he was carried with casualties as they advanced and then faltered at Caen where he died and is buried close to the parish church in the CWG section.
Today we decided to have a break from 'work' and after getting the DVDs posted off we headed down to Attingham Park in Shropshire ( National Trust). There you go a change from bus photos. Actually looking for a decent truck filming day and trying to pin down a week for Ireland. Also planning to fly to Aberdeen and Jersey if opportunities present themselves.