William George  HOBBY

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William George HOBBY great grandfather of Author.

William George HOBBY.
Served in the Boar War and First World War. Author's Aunt, Doreen (William's Niece) remembered seeing a photo of him in the army wearing a Pith Helmet. She also remembered being told that one of William's brothers was a Blacksmith for the Berkeley Hunt and the forge was down an entry which ran beside the George Pub, Berkeley beside the bank ( 1999 now a Building Society). He worked on Berkeley Estate as a carpenter/woodsman. He made a table for his wife whilst working at Berkeley Estate and it had pride of place in the front room of their house at Hystfield, Gloucestershire.
Born 8 December 1871. Son of Edward and Mary Ann Hobby nee Munday.
Husband of Mary Georgina Hobby nee Tudor.

Notes from his Service Book which is now held at the Soldiers of the Gloucestershire Museum, Custom House, Gloucester Docks, GL1 2HE
He enlisted and was trained at Horfield Barracks, Bristol, the Regiments Depot, on the 16 Oct 1890, aged 18yrs & 10 months
He was born in the parish of Lower Stone, Gloucestershire and gave his occupation as a Labourer
Height:- 5ft 6 & 3/4 inches tall
Complexion Fresh, Blue eyes, and Brown hair
His religion was Church of England

Notes of what and where he went with the Glosters -
When he finished his training (passed out) to India in a draft for the 1st Battalion, then at Nasirad from 26th February 1892 to 6th November 1893. In 1893 he was transferred to the 1st Battalion in Malta from the 7th November 1893 to 20th November 1895 as the 2nd Battalion passed through on their way home. He then served in Alexandria in from 21st November 1895, until 5th February 1897and in from 6th February 1897 Calcutta and Allahabad, to 2nd December 1898 before being released, the term of service was six years with the Colours and six years on the reserve.
Being a reservist he was called up and had to report to Horfield Barracks on the outbreak of the Boer War for a refresher training and he was then sent to 2nd Battalion at Aldershot. They then sailed for Cape Town, landing there 1st Jan 1900 and he took part in the battle of Paaredberg, before occupying Bloemfontein, the capital of the Orange Free State. and left in 9th august 1902.
He was discharged, his service had terminated 15th October 1902
He was entitled to the Queen's South Africa medal with Bars for Paardeberg, Dreifontein, Relief of Kimberley and Transvaal
He rejoined the army as Private 087573, Army Service Corps on the 30th June 1915 at Horfield Barracks, Bristol aged 43yrs and 6 months. and served in the Great War. He was discharged with the rank of Lance Corporal at Woolwich Dockyard on the 25th March 1919 to his home at Lower Stone. He died at Lower Stone 2nd April 1939.

At rest in Stone with Woodford Churchyard, Gloucestershire.

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