Arthur Osborne

The Roll of Honour shows the names of three young men named Osborne: Thomas J., Fred and Arthur.   They were brothers.   Arthur was the youngest.

The West Haddon Record of Marriages shows the marriage of George Henry Osborne to Josephine Bull on 9th November, 1886.   George Henry was aged 23, Josephine aged 21.

The 1901 Census shows the Osborne family living at 102 Chequers Lane, West Haddon.   The Head of the Household was George Henry Osborne, aged 35, a woodcutter,( born 1862 in Netherseal, Derbyshire – died March 1945 in West Haddon),  his wife Josephine, also aged 35,(born 1865 in West Haddon – died 19th January, 1949 in West Haddon), a dress maker, their two daughters Florence (12) and Annie (9) and three sons Thomas (7 – born 1894), Fred (5 – born 1896) and Arthur (2 – born March 1899).

Parish Records show the baptism of Arthur Osborne on 15th March 1908 together with his brothers and sisters.

Arthur & Gwynedd Osborne

He joined the RNVR 4th Reserve Battalion in Bedford on 8/5/1917 and on 3/12/1917 was drafted to Hawke Battalion, British Expeditionary Force.   He joined Hawke Battalion in the field on 16th December.   On 20/1/1918 he was taken by 150th Field Ambulance to hospital in Rouen and then moved to HWD hospital Dewsbury on 2/2/1918 suffering from enteritis.   He joined the 2nd Reserve battalion in Aldershot on 3/5/1918 and was again drafted to Hawke Battalion.   He rejoined the battalion in France on 28/8/1918.

He was admitted to Inchy Pas de Calais hospital on 4/9/1918 suffering gunshot wounds to both thighs.   On 20th September, 1918 the Northampton Mercury published an article reporting that “Osborne, Private RND youngest son of Mr and Mrs George Osborn, wounded in both legs, now in hospital in Carlisle”.

He was demobilised on 24th January, 1919

Arthur Osborne married Gwynedd Alice Keylock in Ashby-de-la-Zouche on 19th February 1921.   Parish Records show the baptism of 4 children to them:

Thomas George Osborne baptised 5th February, 1922

Kenneth Arthur Osborne baptised 20th April, 1924   He died  1986 while living in Essex

John Osborne baptised 7th March, 1926 – Born 4th October, 1924 (3b 129)

Alex Osborne baptised 7th March, 1926 – Born 25th December, 1925 (3b 138)

Anthony Osborne, a fellow researcher and relative to the three brothers,  provided information on two other children:

Reg E Osborne – born September, 1927

Eva Osborne, born 1928, The Green, West Haddon (3b 121)

A family member advised the researcher that Arthur took employment at BTH  (British Thompson-Huston) on his return home.    According to the reminiscences of a villager, “Almost everyone worked at the BTH in Rugby and the Midland Red BTH workmen’s bus came through the village at 7 o’clock every morning”.

His wife Gwynedd  (born December 1901) died in March 1932.

Arthur married Florence Letts (born 1898) in October 1939.

The death of  Arthur Osborne, born 1898, aged 75, was registered in Daventry during June 1974.   He was living in Elizabeth Road, West Haddon at the time.   His wife Florence died in 1992

(Jim Blakey  & Anthony Osborme February 2017)