Private Albert Beach Hobbs

Albert Hobbs

Thank you to Margaret Dennis for this research.

Albert Beach Hobbs was born in 1884 in Poplar Middlesex, and lived in Bromley, Kent, the son of Henry James Hobbs, 37 Heathfield Road, Bromley, Kent.

He was the brother of Mary Hobbs of Avon More of Dorking, Surrey.

Albert joined the 6th Battalion. The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment, service number GS/4159 as a Lance Corporal.

The 6th (Service) Battalion was formed at Maidstone on 14 August 1914 as part of the “first hundred thousand” to enlist. A call to arms ‘Your King and Country need you: a call to arms’ was published on 11 August 1914. It explained the new terms of service and called for the first 100,000 men to enlist. These volunteers were collectively called Kitchener’s Army or K1.

The 6th (Service) Battalion moved via Colchester, Purfleet and Hythe, to Aldershot by February 1915.

On 1st June 1915 they landed at Boulogne, and by 6th June had moved to the Meteren-Steenwerck area. On 23rd June at Ploegsteert Wood, the 6th Queens was among the battalions in the trenches. By the end of September 1915 they arrived at the Loos front. On 8th October, the Division repelled a heavy German infantry attack, and this was the day Lance Corporal Hobbs was killed in action.

He is remembered on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. (Panel 95/97)

Born                            Poplar, Middlesex

Son of                          Henry James Hobbs of 37 Heathfield Road, Bromley, Kent
Brother of                    Mary of Avonmore, Dorking, Surrey

Regiment                     6th Battalion, The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment
Number                       GS/4159

Date of Death              8th October 1915
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                             31

Memorial                     Loos Memorial