James Osben

Private James Osben of the Pioneer Corps died on 5th May 1941 as the Luftaffe attacked Belfast in what would become The Fire Raid of the Belfast Blitz.


James Osben


Private James Osben is one of 3 Pioneer Corps victims of the Luftwaffe bombing of a military hospital in Belfast, Co. Down buried together in Milltown Cemetery.

Private James Osben (13058694) served in the Pioneer Corps during World War Two. His burial took place alongside colleagues Thomas Keane and James Simon Moore.

He died on 5th May 1941 aged 26 years old when Campbell College, Belfast, Co. Down came under Luftwaffe attack during The Fire Raid of the Belfast Blitz.

On the night of 4th-5th May 1941, a total of 19 people died when bombs hit No. 24 British General Hospital based at the East Belfast grammar school.

James Osben’s grave is a Special Memorial at Section A, Row LG of Milltown Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.