Etc. -- Fred Hobson died of wounds, 1917
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From page 1 of the 16 Nov 1914 issue of  the Simcoe Reformer.

Corp. F. Hobson, 41, Lived in Simcoe at one time. Born in England. Has latterly lived in Galt where his wife and children now reside.

The following is from a page 1 article in the 4 Oct 1917 issue of 
the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.


Died of wounds. Enlisted under Lieut. Forse in Norfolk's Second Contingent. He was at that time 
a resident of Simcoe. His family now resides at Kitchener.

The following is a edited transcript of a page 1 article in the 
25 Oct 1917 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Sergeant Frederick Hobson V.C.

A dispatch from London tells of the winning of the Victoria Cross by Sergeant Frederick Hobson (57113).

Sergeant Hobson lived in Simcoe, where he worked 
for the Dominion Canners. He enlisted in Simcoe's second contingent, under Lieut. Walter Forse. 
With him he was attached to the 20th Battalion, 
and with that unit he went overseas.

Here's how the dispatch describes Hobson's winning 
of the coveted decoration:

"During an enemy counter-attack, our Lewis Automated Machine Gun in a forward post was buried by an enemy shell. The gun's crew, with the exception of one man, was killed. 

Sergeant Hobson though not a gunner, grasped the great importance of the post, and rushed from the trench, and got the gun into action against the enemy again.

A jam caused the gun to stop firing.  Though wounded, Hobson left the surviving gunner to fix the problem, and rushed toward the advancing enemy with only his bayoneted rifle.

Single-handedly he held them back until he himself was killed by a rifle shot. By this time, however, the Lewis gun was in action again. Shortly after, reinforcements arrived and the enemy was beaten off.

The valor and devotion to duty by this non-commissioned officer gave the gunner the time required to again get the gun into action, and saved a most serious situation."

Also see Fred's Attestation paper: side 1 | side 2

Fred Hobson

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