Wednesday 27 March 2013

Private George Alfred Hobbs

Born on 5 July 1886 in Kincardine, Ontario - husband of Roseanne Hobbs, St. Thomas, Ontario - son of William and Ellen Hobbs, West Lorne, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in West Lorne, Ontario, trade as farmer, married with four children, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 3.5 inches, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 3 March 1916 (number 190024) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for the image of Pte. Hobbs).

(Updated with a photo of Pte Hobbs's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, 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,


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Denise Ricketts (Hobbs) said...

This was my great grandfather.