SergeantHOBSON, FREDERICK

Service Number 57113

Died 18/08/1917

Aged 41

20th Bn.
Canadian Infantry

V C

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 16th Oct., 1917, records the following

"During a strong enemy counter-attack a Lewis gun in a forward post in a communication trench leading to the enemy lines, was buried by a shell, and the crew, with the exception of one man, was killed. Serjt. Hobson, though not a gunner, grasping the great importance of the post, rushed from his trench, dug out the gun, and got it into action against the enemy who were now advancing down the trench and across the open. A jam caused the gun to stop firing. Though wounded, he left the gunner to correct the stoppage, rushed forward at the advancing enemy and, with bayonet and clubbed rifle, single-handed, held them back until he himself was killed by a rifle shot. By this time however, the Lewis gun was again in action and reinforcements shortly afterwards arriving, the enemy were beaten off. The valour and devotion to duty displayed by this non-commissioned officer gave the gunner the time required to again get the gun into action, and saved a most serious situation."

Commemorated at VIMY MEMORIAL

Location: Pas de Calais, France
Number of casualties: 11239

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