Harry Cecil Osborn

Name

Harry Cecil Osborn
9/11/1895

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

09/04/1918
23

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
G/18143
Royal Sussex Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

SENLIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
I. B. 5.
France

Headstone

>"UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN"

UK Memorials

Not listed on the Oxhey Memorials, Derby Road Baptist Chapel Memorial, Watford, Watford Grammar School, Book of Remembrance, Southend-On-Sea Roll of Honour

Pre War

Harry Cecil Osborn, born on 9th November 1895, in Watford, Herts, was the second son of Charles Edwin Osborn, a Company Accountant and Elizabeth Helen Osborn, (nee Roberts), one of six children. 


1901 Census records Harry aged 5, living with his parents, brother Charles 6, and sister Bessie 1, at "The Homestead" Suffolk Road, Suffolk Terrace, Bournemouth, Hants.


Some time between 1901 & 1902 the family moved back to Watford. Harry attended Watford Boys Grammar School from 1904 until 1911.


1911 Census records Harry aged 15, at school, living with his parents, brothers Charles (a Bank Clerk), Jeffrey 3, sisters Bessie 11, Doris 9 and Maria 6, at 4, Kingsfield Road, Watford, Herts.


Charles and Elizabeth later moved to "Meadowcroft" 334, Westborough Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Elizabeth died on 1st April 1919.

Wartime Service

Harry enlisted at Warley, Surrey, posted to the Royal Sussex Regiment, formerly Private 4042 with the 2nd/5th Battalion and then Private G/18143 with the 7th Battalion.


Harry served on the Western Front and was Killed in Action on 9th April 1918, aged 23. He is buried at the CWGC Senlis Communal Cemetery Extension on the Somme, France. Grave Ref, I. B. 5.


His name is not on the Bushey or Oxhey  War Memorials.


He is recorded as "H. C. OSBORNE" on the Watford Boys Grammar School records.

Additional Information

The value of his effects were £11-15s-5d, Pay Owing and £9, War Gratuity which went to his father Charles. After his death he was recorded as the son of Charles Edward Osborn, of 344, Westborough Rd., Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, and the late Elizabeth Helen Osborn. Born at Watford. He is recorded as H C Osborne on the Watford Grammar School records.

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne
Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild