George Henry Osborn(e), died 21 August 1915
George Henry Osborn was born in the last months of 1892, he was baptised 11th January 1893 at Holy Trinity Church Rugby and the family were residing in Wood Street Rugby. His parents were Reuben and Mary Ann Osborn. He was the eldest of two children. His sister Alice May was 2 years younger. According to census the family were living at 47, Cambridge Street, Rugby in 1901 and in 1911 were living in Windsor Street Number 31. George Henry had been an engine cleaner in 1911 then a fireman working for the L. & N. W. Railway station four years, and had been employed by Willans & Robinson for 3 years when he enlisted.
George Henry served with the Royal Field Artillery, 92nd Battalion, 17th Brigade, 29th Division as a gunner and died of dysentery in the Dardanelles. A brief entry was given of his death in the Rugby Advertiser 18th September 1915 and a fuller obituary was written in the following week’s Rugby Advertiser dated 25th September 1915. At the time of his death George was 23 years of age and unmarried. He had attended Murray School and was an excellent footballer. He was a member of the earliest teams to win the Elementary Schools’ Rugby Shield and he played for Rugby 2nd XV which was one of the successful teams in the Midland Junior Cup Competition.
Writing home August 11th he said ‘We had a lively and rough time of it a few days ago, and it played on us a bit; but things are a little quiet now. People in England do not realise what war means, and before we can hope to win this war every young man will have to join.’
In a letter to a lady friend he said ‘How glad I shall be when the war is over. It has changed me being out here. – You think more about God than you have ever done before. If I am spared to get back to Old England I shall try to live up to what I am doing out here.’
George Henry Osborne enlisted in Rugby and was a Gunner, Service Number 11034. He died of dysentery 21 August 1915 and he is buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave/Memorial Reference ll. K. 183.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM