Len Osborne

Joseph Osborne (an ironstone miner from Scalford) and married Harriet Rear (from Bloxholme) in 1890.  Their children, all born in Fulbeck, were:

  • Leonard                 1891
  • Mabel                   c1892
  • Joseph William   1894
  • Sydney Rear       c1908

Leonard (Len) was born 19 Dec 1891.  In 1911 (age 19) he was working as a farm waggoner in Fulbeck.  He joined 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment in Feb 1916.  After training at Harpenden he was sent to Ireland in April 1916 and then France from Aug 1916.  He was killed in action on 21 Mar 1918 during the German offensive across the former Somme battlefields.  He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, as well as the Fulbeck War Memorial.

In 1911 Mabel (18) was a housemaid at Holyrood House, Spalding. She may have served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in WW1.  She married Harry Overton on Christmas Day 1924.

Joseph was born 30 Jun 1894.  In 1911 (age 16) he was working as a farm labourer in Fulbeck.  He joined the Lincolnshire Regiment in May 1915.  After training at Grimsby he was sent to the Dardenelles in Nov 1915.  He was invalided home in Jun 1916 and spent the next 6 months at the Grimsby depot.  He married Frances Ellen Kirton at Winthorpe in Mar 1918.  He died in 1976.

Sydney died in Aug 1943 at West Camp, RAF Cranwell.