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Christopher HOBLEY

Regimental number666
Place of birth67 Gordon Street, Lemitong, Northampton, England
Place of birthNorthampton, England
SchoolSt Paul's Church School, Northampton, England
Age on arrival in Australia23.4
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address204 Egan Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Hobley, 67 Gordon Street, Lemitong North, Northampton, England
Previous military serviceNorthampton Volunteers, England
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, F Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Worked as a newspaper boy for W.H. Smith & Son, Northampton, England. Worked in Western Australia for Mr Guyhair and Mr J Conway, Kunjinn. Was working in the gold mine when the war broke out at Kalgoorlie, W.A.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingSomme, France
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
62
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Naomi HOBLEY, 67 Gordon Street, Semilong, Northampton, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOBLEY Christopher

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