Private Gilbert Scott Osborne died of wounds on 4th May 1918 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Born in Handsworth in 1888, he attended Solihull School, becoming a die sinker with a silversmith on leaving.
Gilbert was the third of the four children of parents, John Perrins Osborne (an architect) and Victoria Alice (née Sanders) who had married in 1883. He joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment before being transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Eldest brother, Frank John Osborne (1886-1959), followed in their father’s footsteps and became an architect after attending the Birmingham School of Architecture. Frank designed many of the civic and industrial buildings in Birmingham, including several of the city’s public libraries. During the First World War, he served as a Captain in the infantry and Royal Engineers, being awarded the Military Cross. During the Second World War, he commanded a Home Guard Unit.
Private Gilbert Scott Osborne is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, and is commemorated locally on Solihull School war memorial.
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