The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hobson
First Name:
Clifford
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16446
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon.
Enlisted:
10.09.1941
DOB:
8.11.1905
Place of Birth:
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Father's Name:
Charles Hophni Hobson
Mothers's Name:
Charlotte Ann Hobson
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
1517
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 35
Cause of Death:
Lost at Sea
Place of Death:
South China Sea
Date of Death:
12.09.1944

General Description

Clifford Hobson, with his family sailed to Melbourne departing on 26 May 1921 from London on ‘Beltana’.  He was 15 years old and younger brother Gordon 12 years.  His father Charles Hobson recorded his occupation as mine deputy.  It is believed the boy’s birth mother Agnes Farrar died in 1918, Charles Hobson remarried.

 

It is unknown if the Hobson family remained in Australia or returned to England. Gordon Hobson died a young man of about 21 years in NSW, Australia.    Clifford Hobson is recorded as deserting HMAS Penguin, Sydney 28 December 1926 – there were always desertions particularly from the Navy!

 

 

We believe Cliff returned to England not long after the above – we have found a record of what appears to be Cliff Hobson returning to Fremantle in 1933.

 

Prior to his enlistment Pte. Hobson was living in Kalgoorlie and working as a miner and previously worked as a farm labourer.
His last Electoral record has him working as a miner and living at Norseman.

In 1936 Cliff was at Kulja, farmhand. Kulja is in the Koorda Shire)

In 1937 he was at Yandanooka, ‘Laand’ Farm as a farmhand. (Yandanooka lies in the Shire of Mingenew)

 

HOBSON, Private, CLIFFORD, WX16446, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 12 September 1944. Age 38. Son of Charles Hophni Hobson and Charlotte Ann Hobson, of Kippax, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Panel 18.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.
Cliff Hobson lost his life when ‘Rakuyo’ Maru sank in South China Sea Sept 1944.  Please read further

 

He had earlier been sent to work on the Burma end of the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, No. 3 Battalion

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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