Sergeant Frederick Hobson, VC 1873-1917

An Englishman, Frederick Hobson emigrated to Canada in 1904 after serving in the South African War. Eight years later, he moved to Galt (now Cambridge) with his family. When war broke out in 1914, he joined the Norfolk Rifles, then enlisted with the 20th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his heroic action at Hill 70, near Lens, France on August 18, 1917. During an intense German counter-attack, Hobson rushed from his trench, reactivated a buried Lewis gun, and engaged the advancing enemy single-handed. When the gun jammed, the wounded Hobson fought with bayonet and rifle until he was shot. In this time, gained reinforcement approached to drive the enemy back.


At the Armoury, 21 Mill Street, Cambridge

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Municipality: City of Cambridge