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OSBORNE, Joshua (1880-1970) - Article by Valerie Magan about her grandfather


Valerie Magan of Badsey writes about her grandfather, Joshua Osborne, who was in the Metropolitan Police Force. Includes details of him finding an abandoned baby in August 1917 in a first-class carriage at Goodmayes Station. He took the baby to Chadwell Heath Police Station and then to Romford Workhouse. Joshua and his wife, Lilian, applied to adopt the baby, possibly because they had lost a daughter three years earlier. The adoption request was successful - that baby girl was Valerie's mother.

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Physical Characteristics (Dimensions)
24 cm x 31 cm
Physical Characteristics (Description)
6 sheets of A4 in plastic wallets in a black folder
Donor or Creator of Records
Valerie Magan
Article written in response to a request for information
Nature of Acquisition
Accession Date
August 2014
Access Conditions
Full contents of this article are on this website in PDF file