Frederick Hobson, Private 40592, 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Killed in action 7th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 19
Son of Joseph and Sarah A Hobson, of 52 Fence St, Macclesfield.
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Frederick enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment in 1914, but was later transferred to the Manchester Regiment.
Frederick’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 5 January 1918, where he was mistakenly given the rank of Lance-Corporal:
LANCE-CORPORAL F HOBSON
Official news has been received by Mr Joseph Hobson, 52 Fence St, that his son, Lance-Corporal Fred Hobson, Manchester Regiment, who was reported missing on October 4th, is now stated to have been killed. Lance-Corporal Hobson was a native of Macclesfield and 20 years of age. He was educated at Daybrook Street School, and was a member of the Fence Street United Methodist Sunday School and Townley Street Institute. The deceased soldier was formerly in the Macclesfield Harriers and in civil life was employed as a weaver at the Lower Heyes. Lance-Corporal Hobson enlisted in the Cheshires in 1914, being then not quite 17 years of age. He was sent out to France at the end of August, 1916, and transferred to the Manchesters.
Official records differ in the date of death, which may have been 4th or 7th October 1917.
Private Frederick Hobson has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frederick Hobson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.