Tuesday 20 October 2009

Private Sydney Hobbs

Born on 4 December 1889 in Chichester, Sussex, England - son of Frederick Thomas and Louisa Hobbs, Hamilton, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as watchmaker, single, currently a member of the Composite Battalion, previously served with the Royal Sussex Battalion, Methodist, height of 5 feet 10.5 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 87th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 18 October 1915 (number 177169) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 14 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - attached to the 12th Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, from 16 August 1916 - wounded on 25 May 1917 - rejoined the 12th Trench Mortar Battery on 6 July 1917 - wounded on 21 August 1917 - invalided to England on 25 August 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 or 12 April 1918 - attached to the 12th Trench Mortar Battery from 7 June 1918 - killed in action on 22 July 1918 - buried in Anzin-St. Aubin British Cemetery (grave III.D.19), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" Register, www.cwgc.org)

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