Other names: Henry Arthur
Locations in this story: Hammersmith, LondonEbbesbourne Wake, WiltshireSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Henry Arthur Oborn was born in Hammersmith, London, on 2 Jun 1882 the son of Arthur Oborn (a Police Constable originally from Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire,) and Emily Jane Oborn (nee Smith). By 1911 Henry's father had retired and moved back to his birthplace and become landlord of the Horseshoe Inn, Ebbesbourne Wake. Henry married Mabel Young at the Parish Church on 2 May 1914 and they went on to have four children. Henry enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 3 Jun 1916 and joined the 13th Works Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2648). He was transferred to the 312th Home Service Works Company of the Labour Corps on 28 Apr 1917 (Service No. 172906). He served in the UK only and was eventually discharged on 15 Jul 1919. There are no medals recorded. By the 1939 Register he was living at Crism Cottage, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, working as Carpenter. He died on the 29 Dec 1961 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.