Richard Hobley

Hobley R headName    Richard Hobley

Number        Sergeant 390

Battalion      8th Light Horse  

Place of Birth   Dromana

Next of Kin   His father, William Henry Hobley Whelan’s Post Office Leongatha

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 19/9/1914

Physical details on enlistment   Age 26 years 7 months,

6’ 5”, grey eyes and brown hair

Religion   Methodist

Occupation   Farmer

Date and place of death

He was killed in action at Bir -el -abd in the Sinai, Canal Zone (Suez) Egypt, 9/8/1916

Location of grave or memorial

He has no known grave and has his name on the Jerusalem Memorial Palestine

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He was from the Leongatha area 

Military History

  • He attended Rosebud State School
  • 19/9/14 He enlisted
  • 25/2/15 He embarked Melbourne on Transport A16 Star of Victoria
  • 16/5/15 He embarked for Gallipoli
  • 3/6/15 He suffered a scalp wound
  • 10/7/15 He was promoted to Lance corporal
  • 17/7/15 hospital with influenza and other illnesses on Mudros
  • 28/7/15 returned to Gallipoli
  • 31/7/15 He was again sick in hospital
  • 3/8/15 He returned to duty Gallipoli
  • 4/8/15 He went to hospital gastro enteritis and was to be returned to Egypt. He therefore missed the attack on Lone Pine and The Nek

He arrived in Heliopolis on the ‘Ionian’ on August 9th 1915.

  • 25/10/15 He returned to Gallipoli
  • 3/11/15 He was promoted to Corporal
  • 1/1/16 He became a Sergeant
  • 4/2/16 He was sick in hospital mumps
  • 26/2/16 He returned to his unit in Heliopolis
  • He was wounded in Gallipoli and also contracted a number of illnesses including influenza, colic and gastro-enteritis.

He was killed in action in the Sinai canal (Suez) zone on August 9th 1916. Richard has no known grave.

  • His effects consisted of 2 jerseys, 1 pair shoes, 1 muffler, 1 hairbrush, 2 pipes, 1 fountain pen, 1 writing pad, 1 pair goggles in case, 1 wrist watch damaged, 1 pocket book, a bag of coins, 1 set chevrons, 1 handkerchief, 1 military book, 1 wallet, 1 notebook, post cards, photos, 1 chain medal and coin
  • He was in In C Squadron 8th Light Horse
  • He had a policy with The Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Coy Ltd
  • By 1922 his father died and Mrs. Hobley’s address was Authoringa Leongatha

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