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Address: 35 Threshfield, Baildon
Occupation: Assistant colour dyer
Rank: Cpl
Medals/awards: D.C.M.
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: R.F.A.
G W Hobson
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On 2 November 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported: “Cpl G W Hobson, RFA, of 35 Threshfield, Baildon, has been awarded the D.C.M. on the field by the Commander in Chief for a very gallant act of bravery. “He went out with a party laying wires and they were isolated for four days on account of the heavy gun fire and he brought back every man safely. “During the whole of this time they had no food, except the rations they took with them. “He was recommended for a commission some months ago for a
similar act of bravery in France. “Formerly he was employed by the British Dyers Association as assistant colour dyer with W Grandage & Co of Brownroyd Dyeworks. “Joining the army on 5th September 1914, he was sent to Gallipoli, went through the Suvia Bay landing and Dardanelles Campaign until the evacuation and has since been in France.” A little more detail was added on 15 March 1918. It looks as though he had been transferred to the Royal Engineers or maybe there was a mistake in the first article:
“Cpl G W Hobson, Royal Engineers, a Baildon man who has been awarded the D.C.M. worked without ceasing for five days and nights under heavy machine-gun and shell fire, relaying and maintaining telephone wires until brought in in a delirious condition. “His disregard of personal safety is described as having contributed largely to the successful maintenance of communications. Cpl Hobson is the only son of Mr W Hobson of Threshfield, Baildon.” That was followed on 14 June 1918 by this report:
“An interesting ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Bradford Moor Barracks at a full parade of the Army Service Corps. “Major Stapylton, who is in command of the depot, decorated Cpl G W Hobson, Royal Engineers, of Threshfield, Baildon, with the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which was awarded him last October for gallantry and devotion to duty. “Major Stapylton complimented Hobson and expressed the hope that he would live through the campaign.”