- Name: James OSBORNE
- D.O.B: 13th Apr, 1857
- D.O.A: 22nd Feb, 1881
- D.O.D: 1st Feb, 1928
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment of Foot
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Marthinus Wesselstroom, Transvaal, South Africa 22 February 1881
22 February 1881
THE FIRST BOER WAR 1881
Marthinus Wesselstroom, now known as Wakkerstroom, lies just inside the border of the Transvaal, north of Utrecht. There was a British garrison and fort there. The town was surrounded by the Boers but not attacked. Private J Osborne was awarded the VC for his gallant rescue of a wounded soldier in a skirmish on 22 February 1881. In the course of this he sustained bullet holes in his rifle stock, hat and boot and his horse was injured, but he himself emerged without a scratch.
For his gallant conduct at Wesselstroom, on the 22nd February, 1881, in riding, under a heavy fire, towards a party of 42 Boers, picking up Private Mayes, who was lying wounded, and carrying him safely into camp.