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John HOBBS

Regimental number451
Place of birthPhelham, Hartland, North Devon, England
SchoolHartland Council School, England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressPhilham, Hartland, Devon, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Matilda Hobbs, Philham, Hartland, Devon, England
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularArrived in Australia, May 1912. "J Hobbs joined the AIF on 15th March, training at Perth. Landed in Egypt on 1st July, 1915. Landed at Anzac on9th September, 1915. Left 12th of December, 1915. Landed with 1st Australian troops in France, 1916. Was wounded at Bullecourt on 3rd May, 1917. Wounded at Passchendaele Ridge on 4th October, 1917 and again wounded in April, 1918. " Details from Mother.
FateKilled in Action 29 August 1918
Place of death or woundingPeronne, France
Age at death25.10
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialPeronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 32), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
113
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Matilda HOBBS, Philham, Hartland, Devon, England
Family/military connectionsBrothers: R452 Lance Corporal Ferederick Hobbs, 28th Bn, returned to Australia, 22 December 1918; 2396 Corporal Richard Charles HOBBS, 28th Bn, discharged, 28 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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