Osborne, Daniel Noel

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel N. Osborne, CD

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Noel Osborne, CD was born  on 3 Jul 1918 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, younger son of Angus Osborne and Albinia Crawley. He attended schools in Winnipeg and Calgary.

He joined the Canadian Army in 1939, landed on D-Day, and served in Europe for the remainder of the war. He continued in the Army after WWII ended and was eventually posted to The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and would command the 2nd Battalion.

On 19 July 1941 then Lieutenant Osborne married Phyllis Aileen Hemenway in Victoria, British Columbia.

After retiring from the army, Osborne acted as Steward for the Alberta Racing Commission and Alberta Rent Regulation Board, and was involved with the Glenbow-Alberta Institute.

He died at the age of 70 in Calgary Alberta  on 30 April 1989, and is is buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg.

Service Record

  • 1939 – Joined Royal Winnipeg Rifles
  • 6 Jun 1944 – Landed on Normandy beaches on D-Day
  • Served in northwest Europe December 1944.
  • Returned to Canada to attend the Canadian Army Staff College in Kingston.
  • Upon graduation was posted to Winnipeg and Calgary
  • 1953? – Served in Germany with The Queen’s Own Rifles
  • 28 Sep 1953 – Awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (while a Major)
  • 1954 – Appointed Canadian Liaison Officer in Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 1957 – Appointed Second in Command of 2nd Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in Victoria, BC
  • 6 Jun 1961  – Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and succeeded Lieutenant Colonel R. J. Wilkinson MC, CD as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

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    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Osborne, CD takes over command of the 2nd Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada ©Glenbow Archives
  • 11 Apr 1963 – Relinquished command to Lieutenant Colonel E. D. Price CD
  • 1963 – Posted to Saigon, Vietnam with the International Control Commission
  • On return to Canada posted Headquarters Western Command in Edmonton
  • 1969 – Retired from Canadian Forces

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