A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between
A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between

William George HOBBS

Ancestral surnames: 

  • Hobbs, Flower, Tyler, Boutell, Gillings, Tyler, Archer, Henn, Stevenson, Archer (by marriage: Baker)
  • see his family tree drawing via www.groupphoto.co.uk/extra Row 3


  • University College School
  • University College London


Decorations & Campaign Medals:

  • 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal



  • No known grave (originally buried on the battlefield at 36c.G17b.5.7½. Body never identified after the war)
  • Loos Memorial to the Missing (Panel 93) (one of 20610 names) CWGC

  • Solicitors and Articled Clerks War Memorial at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL (one of 910 names)

  • a memorial stained glass window was commissioned by his parents in his memory was unveiled on 30th September 1917 in Richmond Presbyterian Church. The latter later became Richmond-upon-Thames United Reformed Church. In the 1990s the church roof started leaking and as the congregation couldn't afford the repairs, it was decided to sell the church for redevelopment and use the proceeds to build a new smaller church. The Hobbs memorial stained glass window was removed before the redevelopment. There was some confusion as to where it has ended up – the stained glass dealer who sold has a memory of the two side panels being sold to someone in Canada and that the centre panel possibly went to someone in Japan. 

  • Richmond-upon-Thames United Reformed Church, Surrey (memorial board has been moved from the old to the new church) (one of 5 names)

  • University College School (one of 253 names, including 7 masters)

  • Civic Memorial, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-upon-Thames (one of 686 names)

  • on his parents’ grave in Richmond cemetery (last seen smashed in half and lying flat on the ground)

  • Roll of Honour for Southend-on-Sea County Borough Memorial in Priory Park Refectory, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea (one of 1352 names) (added since publication of my book)
    (see http://southend19141918.co.uk/southend-prittlewell-rolls-of-honour)


Pages in book (www.groupphoto.co.uk/the-book): 99-101


Appears in Charles Bartlett's letters: see I Shall Not Be Away Long book


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