William Oliver HOBBS

Badge Number: S5118, Sub Branch: Renmark

HOBBS, William Oliver

Service Number: 1174
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Broughton, South Australia, 5 February 1895
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Coachbuilding apprentice
Died: 11 December 1978, aged 83 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Renmark Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 1174, 16th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 1174, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

William Hobbs was the son of James Samuel and Ellen (nee Turner) Hobbs of Port Broughton.


William was born at Port Broughton in 1895. A 19 year old labourer, he had completed 2 years of a coach building apprenticeship when he enlisted on 11 September 1914.

Appointed to 16 Battalion William embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT A40 “Ceramic” on 22 December 1914. William landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and eleven days later received a bullet wound to his leg. He was invalided to hospital in Cairo. He returned to Gallipoli but was hospitalised again with paralysis of his arm. In Egypt he was attached for duty with the Camel Corps. In August 1916 he embarked Egypt to join the British Expeditionary Force in France where he was eventually attached to 4 Division Headquarters.

In lieu of his early 1914 return to Australia William was granted 75 days leave in England.

William embarked aboard HT “Delta” from Devonport for his return to Australia on 25 January 1919 and disembarked on 9 March. He was discharged on 24 March 1919.