Lieutenant Colonel Charles James Willoughby Hobbs
Sherwood Foresters Badge

Army Number : n/a

Battalion : 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment.

Awards : D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order)

He was born at Tyldsley, Lancashire. Son of Captain Simpson H. and Sarah Hobbs, of Hill Field, Upper Arley, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Husband of Dorothea J. Hobbs. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant Sherwood Foresters 5th September 1896, promoted Lieutenant 5th February 1898. He served in the South African Campaign from 1899 to 1902 gaining the Queen's Medal with 3 Clasps. He was appointed Captain and Adjutant 4th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment. 4th January 1901.

He joined the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment at Bois Grenier, France, 25th October 1914 and was promoted Major 3rd June 1915. He was awarded the D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order) London Gazette 14th January 1916 "Awarded for services whilst commanding 2nd Battalion at Hooge 9th August 1915, his Colonel having been wounded on his way up to the attack the night before"

Promoted Lieutenant Colonel 5th September 1915 and was wounded at Camp 'O' 7th June 1916. He was also wounded at Arrow Head Copse and died of WoundsĀ 16th October 1916, aged 40. receivedĀ  in action near Lesboeufs, France during the Battle of the Somme.

Buried/Commemorated : Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France. Plot 1. Row B. Grave 6.

Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles James Willoughby Hobbs grave
Lieutenant Colonel Charles James Willoughby Hobbs is also commemorated on the following local memorials :-
St. Peter's Church War Memorial, Littleover, Derbyshire.