Born: 1888, Ipswich.

Died: 24th November 1917; age 29; KiA – killed by a shell.

Residence: 14, Borough Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Messrs. Cobbold & Sons, of Lower Brook Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 820350

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, X46th Trench Mortar Battery.

Formerly 1533, Gunner, R.F.A.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Philosophe British Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Mrs J.G. Osborn, of the Felix Hotel, Felixstowe.




1891   76, Foundation Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred Charles Osborn, 37, a Cellar Man for a wine Merchant, born Beaumont, Essex.

Susannah Osborn (nee Taylor), 35, born Ipswich.

Arthur Henry Osborn, 10, born Ipswich.

Percy Osborn, 8, born Ipswich.

Emma Annie Osborn, 6, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Charlotte Osborn, 4, born Ipswich.

Elsie Eveline Osborn, 1, born Ipswich.

infant son, 3 weeks old, born Ipswich.


1901   76, Foundation Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 13 years old, a Carman’s Boy. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Susannah, 44.

Arthur, 20, Gas Fitter.

Percy, 18, a Coachman – Groom.

Gertrude, 14, a Day Girl.

Elsie, 11.

Stanley Charles Osborn, 10, born Ipswich.

Edith Jane Osborn, 8, born Ipswich.

Kate Osborn, 5, born Ipswich.


1911   56, Foundation Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 23 years old, a Driver – Fish Business. He was living with his mother, & siblings.

Susannah, 53.

Stanley, 20, a Coachman.

Kate, 15.


Ernest’s father Alfred Charles Osborn died after an accident at work on the 3rd December 1899, at the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich.

Evening Star – Monday, 4th December 1899 – FATAL ACCIDENT AT IPSWICHLast Wednesday evening Alfred Osborn, a warehouseman at Messrs. Cobbold’s wine and spirit stores, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, was putting out the lights and locking up, and when descending the stairs, by some means fell to the bottom. There he was found unconscious, with a nasty incised wound over the right eye. He was taken to his home, 76, Foundation Street, and though he regained consciousness at times, his condition became so serious that he was removed to the Hospital on Saturday evening, but all medical aid was of no avail, and he died early on Sunday morning. Alfred Osborn, who was 46 years of age, leaves a widow and ten children, five of whom were entirely dependent upon him.


In 1917, Ipswich, Ernest married Julia Georgiana Durrant, a Hotel Stall Maid, at the Felix Hotel, Felixstowe, born 1891, Albert Street, Ipswich – daughter of Walter Durrant, a general labourer, and Julia Durrant (nee Barnes), a needlework woman, of 71, Regent Street, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Julia G. Osborn – widow.


Ernest is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary at the Quay Church, Ipswich.


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Royal Field Artillery, X46th Trench Mortar Battery

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