Osborne is remembered on the war memorial at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Image courtesy of “South Dublin Libraries/Our Heroes 


Born: 4th April 1885, York, Yorkshire.

Died: 4am, 26th January 1916; age: 30; KiA by shellfire whilst gallantly commanding his men in frontline trenches at Loos.

Residence: Ballyhubba Charleville, County Cork, Ireland.

Occupation: District Inspector – Royal Irish Constabulary, of Charleville, County Cork.

Religion: CofE.


In 1906, Osborne received a commission, and served as a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, of the West Yorkshire Regiment until he resigned on the 24th May 1911, and was appointed to the Royal Irish Constabulary from 1911 as a Cadet. Osborne passed his cadet examinations, and was placed third overall at Skerry’s College, Belfast. He was appointed Third Class District Inspector at the Depot, before being sent on as District Inspector to Ballinamore, County Leitrim, and subsequently Charleville, County Cork.


In November 1914, Osborne re-joined the army. He was ranked a Captain in the 8th Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers – who went out to France as part of the 47th Brigade, 16th (Irish) Division.

Date of Entry Therein: December 1915 – France.


Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Royal Munster Fusiliers, 8th Battalion ‘C’ Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Rev. W.H. De Courcy Baldwin & of Mary Osborne De Courcy Baldwin, of “Mickledown,” Ewell, Surrey.




1891   Diocesan Training College, St. Maurice, York, Yorkshire.


Osborne was 6 years old and living with his father & sister.

Godfrey William Henry De Courcy Baldwin, 53, Principal of Training College, born Ireland.
Blanche De Courcy Baldwin, 4, born York.


1901   Pocklington Grammar School, East Yorkshire.


Osborne was 15 years old, a Student and Boarder at the independent boys school. School Master – 43 year old, Charles Frederick Hutton, a Church of England Clergyman.


1911   Newtownbarry, County Wexford, Ireland.


Osborne was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked 3rd Lieutenant, for the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was a visitor to widower, Francis Guilbride and his daughter.

Francis Guilbride, 69, a Master Miller – Corn, born Co. Wexford, could read & write, and of the Irish Church.

Isabella Langford Guildbride, 28, born Co. Wexford, could read & write, and of the Irish Church.

1 general domestic servant.


In 1911, at St. Edmund’s, 15, Hatfield Road, Ipswich, Osborne’s 53 year old mother, Mary Osborne De Courcy Baldwin (nee Rowe), a widow, born York, Yorkshire, was living with her widowed mother, 86 year old, Harriet Elizabeth Rowe (nee Baker), born Hargrave, Northamptonshire. Both of Private Means.


Osborne’s maternal uncle Edmund Lewis Rowe was the Medical Superintendent of the  Borough Lunatic Asylum, Foxhall Road, St. Bartholomew’s, Ipswich.


Osborne’s father Godfrey William Henry De Courcy Baldwin died December 1909, of The Rectory, Holtby, York, Yorkshire.


Osborne was first educated at St. Peter’s School, York – entered 1895, before moving on to Pocklington School, East Riding of Yorkshire – entered 1900 – 1902. Whilst at the school, 15 year old, Osborne passed the Cambridge Junior Locals examinations in Latin and French – distinguished – Form Prize, he acted in school plays, and was ‘Rose’ in “My Lord in Livery” by Spencer Theyre-Smith.


Mary Baldwin, of 65, Warwick Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire. applied for her late son’s medals on the 2nd December 1921.


Probate to Mary Osborne De Courcy Baldwin – mother.

Osbourne is also remembered on the Pockington School Memorial.

Extra information courtesy of Richard George and Angie Edwards – Librarian & Archivist – http://www.pocklingtonschool.com/

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