1914-15 Star, ( 81394 Pte. T. G. Hobbs. 8/Can.Inf. )British War Medal, Victory Medal, (2. Lieut. T. G. Hobbs. R.A.F) 2. Lieut. T. G. Hobbs. Royal Air Force. Mint
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Second Lieutenant T.G. Hobbs Royal Air Force
Extracts from ‘Flight’ dated 12th December 1918 reference D.F.C award L.G. 3.12.1918., P 14322.
Second Lieutenant T.G. Hobbs (France)
‘A skilful and gallant officer. On August 21st, this officer did six hours flying, he was twice attacked by large formations, but on each skilful occasion manoeuvre and resolute fighting, he drove them off and continued his patrol bringing back much valuable and accurate information. On the same day he attacked enemy transport, causing great confusion, and inflecting heavy casualties.’
Extracts for the Times 3.9.1918 Fallen Officer.
Second Lieutenant Thomas Goodwin Hobbes was born on 19th September 1888 at Gosport Hants and was educated at St. Andrews School, Oxford where he distinguished himself at all the games and sports. After a short business life, he took up farming in Canada, March 1909. When war was declared he at once volunteered in 1914, went to the front in 1915 with the 8th Canadian Infantry taking part in some of the big battles of the spring.
He then contracted trench fever and for the next two years suffered from malaria and rheumatism spending much of that time in hospital. When fit he was transferred to the R.A.F. where earlier in the year, he qualified as a pilot and proceeded to the front on June 12th and died of wounds received in action on August 23rd.
His observer wrote.
‘We were flying over the line when he was hit in the right arm and side by a piece of ‘Archie’ shell which burst near us’ with very great pluck and skill he succeeded in landing our machine well on our side of the lines though he could only use his left arm. His death is a great blow to me, and I feel I owe him my life due to his great courage and determination’.
Son of Ernest and Louise Hobbs and husband of Patricia D. Hobbs of Barrow Hill, Selvidge Hythe. A native of Gosport Hants. He served over three years with the Canadian Infantry.
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