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Lance Corporal A E Hobbs


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Lance Corporal Albert Edward HOBBS, G/18743, 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (gun shot wound, right side), General Hospital, Boulogne, France, 30th August 1918,  age 30.

Born Kimpton, Hertfordshire, son of Herbert and Emily Hobbs, of Kimpton, Hertfordshire.

3rd November 1889, Kimpton, Hertfordshire, baptism of Albert Edward Hobbs, son of Herbert and Emily Hobbs.


1911 Census - Ramridge, Kimpton, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire - Herbert Hobbs, head, age 45, married, farm labourer, shepherd, worker, born Flamstead, Bedfordshire; Emily Hobbs, wife, age 43, married 23 years, 3 children, 1 still alive, born Kimpton, Hertfordshire; Albert Edward Hobbs, son, age 21, single, nurseryman, gardener, worker, born Kimpton, Hertfordshire; Emma Gatward, wifes mother, age 70, widow, born Kimpton, Hertfordshire.


8th April 1912,  Kimpton, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire, married Gertrude Rice, of West End, Kimpton, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire.

Child - Leslie Albert Hobbs, born 11th September 1912, Hitchin, Herfordshire..

Enlisted St Albans, Hertfordshire, age 26 years & 4 months, height 5ft 10 inches, weight 148lbs. Resided Kimpton, near Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Formerly rubber worker.

Home 8th December 1915 to 3rd October 1916; BEF 4th October 1916 to 22nd June 1917; Home 23rd June 1917 to 7th January 1918; BEF 8th January 1918 to 30th August 1918.

8th December 1915, enlisted; 9th December 1915 to Army Reserve; 22nd June 1916, mobilized & posted 5th Royal Fusiliers, Service No.46008; 4th October 1916, posted BEF; 4th October 1916, embarked; 5th October 1916, disembarked; 5th October 1916, Etples, 39 Infantry Base Depot, posted 11th Royal Fusiliers; 14th October 1916, transferred to 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th October 1916, joined 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field; 20th November 1916, 140 Field Ambulance, tonsillitis; 23rd December 1916, 2 Field Company Royal Engineers, attached for Duty, Headquarters 2nd Army; 15th January 1917, returned to Battalion; 12th June 1917, appointed Lance Corporal; 14th June 1917, wounded; 18th June 1917, Wimereux, 14 General Hospital, gun shot wound, left leg, severe; 22nd June 1917, wounded, gun shot wound left leg, to England, Hospital Ship, "Pieter de Connick";  22nd June 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd June 1917 to 28th August 1917, Southern General Hospital, Bradley Road, Birmingham, gun shot wound, left leg; 28th August 1917 to 7th September 1917, 10 days furlough; 7th September 1917, posted Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham by Sea, Sussex; 3rd December 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 8th January 1918, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th January 1918, embarked / disembarked; 12th January 1918, posted Italian Expeditionary Force; 5th February 1918, joined Battalion in Italy; 1st April 1918, returned to France with Battalion; 8th April 1918, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 23rd August 1918, wounded.

9th March 1919, date when Separation Allowance of 19/6 a week payable to widow will cease.

10th March 1919, pension of 20/5 a week awarded to widow and one child.

2nd June 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Gertrude Hobbs, West End, Kimpton, Welwyn; Clidren, Leslie Albert Hobbs, West End, Kimpton, Welwyn; Father, Herbert Hobbs, 19 Church Lane, Kimpton, Welwyn; Mother, none; Brothers - none; Sisters - Florence Jane Hobbs, age 28?, 102 Rood Road, Oldbury, Birmingham.

Buried at  Terlincthun British Cemetery, II. F. 39, Wimille, France.


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