30 December 2007

Victoria Cross: F. Hobson


Serjeant, 20th Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force

Born: 23 September 1873, London

Citation: During a strong enemy counter-attack [on 18 August 1917, northwest of Lens, France], 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, killed.
Sjt. 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.

(London Gazette Issue 30338 dated 17 Oct 1917, published 16 Oct 1917.)

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