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Sergeant Frederick Hobson, VC 1873-1917

Sergeant Frederick Hobson, VC 1873-1917

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004

Sergeant Frederick Hobson, VC 1873-1917

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Sergeant Frederick Hobson, VC 1873-1917

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Cambridge
At Valour Place on Ainslie Street South on the east side
1 block south of Main Street

Coordinates: N 43 21.486 W 80 18.802


Plaque Text

An Englishman, Frederick Hobson emigrated to Canada in 1904 after serving in the South African War. Eight years later, he moved to Galt (now Cambridge) with his family. When war broke out in 1914, he joined the Norfolk Rifles, then enlisted with the 20th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his heroic action at Hill 70, near Lens, France on August 18, 1917. During an intense German counter-attack, Hobson rushed from his trench, reactivated a buried Lewis gun, and engaged the advancing enemy single-handed. When the gun jammed, the wounded Hobson fought with bayonet and rifle until he was shot. In the time gained reinforcements approached to drive the enemy back.


Victoria Cross

Cambridge Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted July 7, 2018
My grandfather's name is Frederick Hobson Robinson. I'm wondering if there's any connection. He married Alma Ruff most likely in the 1930's in New England USA
Rosanne Palombi rosannehopedesigns@gmail.com

> Posted October 9, 2014
My name is Chantal. Is Frederick's wife Louisa Moses who married Thomas Thorn? I am researching the Thorns. Thomas is my grandfather. We were told he married a black woman and had more children but doing the family tree it isn't true. He married Louisa Moses, widow of Frederick Hobson. Thomas adopted Frederick's children I am guessing. Can someone please contact me at macchunk@hotmail.com

> Posted January 20, 2014
Hi, I am doing my family tree and Frederick is my Great Grand Uncle. Please if anyone has any info about his wife Rosina or his children, please can you contact me at michelle@meesh.plus.com Thanks so much! :)

> Posted November 11, 2012
My name is Sara Anne Thorn. Sgt. Frederick Hobson is my Great Grandfather. His son George Albert Thorn is my Grandfather. My father is the son of him, Thomas George Thorn.

> Posted September 30, 2012
My name is Karen Hughson-Shtybel. Frederick Hobson was my great-grandfather. My mother is Margret Beechie, maiden name Thorn. Her father was a son of Frederick Hobson. My mother did a lot of work getting a street and armoury named after him. I can be contacted at karenshtybel@yahoo.ca

> Posted January 11, 2012
One of the first to enlist in Simcoe for the First World War was Sergeant Frederick Hobson who had been an employee of Canadian Canners. He joined the 39th Regiment (Norfolk Rifles) shortly after war had broken out in 1914 and subsequently was assigned to the 20th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Hobson is the only known Norfolk resident to be awarded the British Empire's highest medal for valour, the Victoria Cross, for attempting to keep back German forces that were advancing toward his battalion in Lens, France, August 18, 1917. Hobson lost his life in this act of supreme bravery. His heroism was recognized in 1992 in the naming of the Armoury, the Sergeant Frederick Hobson V.C. Armoury. In 2001, a more modern armoury facility was built in the Alfred W. Judd Industrial Park (off of Park Road in Simcoe). The name "Sergeant Frederick Hobson V.C. Armoury" was carried forward. A plaque honouring Sergeant Frederick Hobson V.C. has been put up at 85 Robinson Street.

> Posted January 5, 2012
My name is Eric. Frederick Hobson is my Great Great Grandfather. I would like to know more about his history and perhaps military records or files if still in decent condition. Thank you for providing and recognizing his service.

> Posted November 26, 2011
Yes Hobson had 5 children. Info hobson35@rogers.com

> Posted November 5, 2010
Does anyone know if Frederick Hobson had any children. If so can you send me the information. My email is tammypthorn@hotmail.com. Thank you kindly.

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