Henry Ogburn was born in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire in about 1875. His parents were Thomas and Sarah (nee Morse) Ogbourne (The surname had various spellings.) Thomas was an agricultural labourer who died in 1877 at the age of 26. In the 1881 census Sarah, together with Henry (aged 6) and his sister and three brothers, was in Cricklade and Wootton Bassett Workhouse in Purton.
In 1891 Henry was still in the area, a farm labourer in Compton Bassett. Sarah, however, was living in Boughton on Dunsmore. The previous year she had married Alfred Coats, another farm labourer from Wiltshire. Henry also moved to the Rugby area, where he married Esther Malin on 26 Mar 1898 at Bilton Church. He was aged 23 and a labourer in New Bilton.
By 1901 Henry and Esther were living at 1 Jefferey’s Court in North Street, Rugby with their two year old daughter, Lilian. Henry was a bricklayer’s labourer. Ten years later he had the same occupation and another daughter, Esther May. The family lived at 40 Chapel Street, Rugby.
Henry enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in October 1915, Private No. 14967.
His brother James Edward had enlisted the previous month. He was discharged on 4th August 1916 as “no longer physically fit”, he had a scar on his abdomen – a burn in childhood, which meant he was unable to march.
Another brother Charles Robert served with the 3rd Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, Private 19833. He seems not to have gone abroad and died on 26th April 1916. He is buried at Portsdown (Christ Church) Military Cemetery at Portsmouth. He is not listed on the Rugby Memorial Gates.
Henry was lost on the Somme, probably during the Battle of Delville Wood on 30th July 1916 and remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
In 1919, his widow married James W Jenison, brother in law to Charles Robert Ogburn.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM