Gunner Charles Hobbs

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

6 May 1917


CWS Cocoa Works, Dallow Road

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

82 Highbury Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Vlamentinghe Military Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph , 19th May 1917

Gunner Charles Hobbs, 315375, Royal Garrison Artillery, died in action in Flanders on May 6th, 1917. He was aged 29 and had been killed instantly by a shell, the first man in his battery to die by enemy fire.

Charles and his wife Elizabeth (nee Webb) lived at 82 Highbury Road, Luton. The couple had married in 1911, and Charles was an employee of the CWS Cocoa factory in Dallow Road, Luton, prior to enlisting.

A letter to widow Elizabeth said Charles had been buried, but owing to a mistake the service was conducted by a chaplain of another unit without his comrades knowing about it. They held a memorial service afterwards.

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Author: Deejaya

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