Edmund Osborne

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Edmund Osborne
Nickname(s) "Sigs"
Born 1885
Died 1969
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1904–1941
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Royal Engineers
Royal Corps of Signals
Commands held 157th (Highland Light Infantry) Brigade
Cairo Brigade
44th (Home Counties) Division
II Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant General Edmund Archibald Osborne CB DSO (1885–1969) was a British Army officer who commanded II Corps during World War II.

Military career[edit]

Osborne entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Royal Engineers, British Army, in 1904.[1] He served in the First World War and then became Commander of the School of Signals in 1926.[1] He went on to be a General Staff Officer (GSO) with the 3rd Infantry Division in 1930, Commander of 157th (Highland Light Infantry) Brigade in 1933 and Commander of the Cairo Brigade in Egypt in 1934.[1]

He served in the Second World War, initially as General Officer Commanding (GOC) 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division and then as GOC II Corps from 1940[2] until he retired from the British Army in 1941.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
John Minshull-Ford
GOC 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division
Succeeded by
Arthur Percival
Preceded by
Bernard Montgomery
GOC, II Corps
Succeeded by
Kenneth Anderson