Rank or Title

Employer

CWS Cocoa Works, Dallow Road

Service Number

315375

Place of Birth

Toddington
United Kingdom

World War I Address

82 Highbury Road
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Belgium

Grave Location

Vlamentinghe Military Cemetery
Belgium

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

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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