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9051 SAPPER ALFRED VINCENT HOBBS: ROYAL ENGINEERS :

Africa General Service Medal 1902, EVIIR., bar, 'Somaliland 1902-04'; 1914 Star with original 'Aug-Nov 1914' Bar; British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (9051 Sapr., RE.) : (ALFRED VINCENT HOBBS - Born at Margate, Kent, around 1880, a carpenter by trade on the date of attestation at Ramsgate on 29 May 1901 : Posted as a Sapper to Royal Engineers and served with the Third Expedition to Somaliland between 4 November 1902 and 3 July 1903 as a member of 2nd.Division, Telegraph Battalion : Transferred to Army Reserve from 28 May 1909 : In the Census of 1911 he is recorded as living at Liskeard, Cornwall and his occupation is given as Telegraph Lineman : Re-engaged with the Royal Engineers for a further four years on 29 May 1913 : At the outbreak of World War One, he entered France on 15 August 1914 with 3rd.Signal Troop, 2nd.Cavalry Division : He returned to England on 18 March 1919 and was transferred to 'Z' Reserve from 14 April 1919 : He was finally discharged on termination of his second period of engagement on 31 March 1920. His address was then given as 3 Castle View, Liskeard, Cornwall.) : The Africa General Service Medal for 'Somaliland 1902-04' is somewhat rare to the Royal Engineers as only fifty-eight men of the Telegraph Section qualified for this award : Sold with brass, ribbon/medal bar bearing punched identification 'RE' and '9051', with loops to reverse for a wearing pin; copy verification for all awards; copy Service Papers, copy 1911 Census Record and related research: Rare GVF-NEF - £675