John Milton Hobden

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 26, 1893

Born at Minden Ontario to William Henry and Ann Jane (nee Scott) Hobden


Dec 24, 1915

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Minden Ontario 

Ø      Number 726080

Ø      Next of kin given as Henry Hobden, father, of Minden Ontario

o       A note was later inserted into the file requesting that his wife, Mrs Laura Hobden, of Minden Ontario, be notified in case of becoming a casualty

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lumberman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Apr 1, 1916

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


Jul 6, 1916

Married to Laura May Taylor at Minden Ontario


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp


Aug 16, 1916

The Battalion moved to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 5, 1916

He reverted to the rank of Private in order to proceed to France and a fighting Battalion. 

Transferred to the 21st Battalion as part of a 100 man draft


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, he was first reported to be missing, but was later confirmed as being killed.  He was initially reported to have been buried in the Thelus Cemetery, but after the war ended, his body could not be located and is now commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.  There are several soldiers buried in the Thelus cemetery identified only as “A Soldier of the Great War, 21st Bn Canadian Inf”.  He is likely one of those.

Post war, the following were sent to his widow, Mrs Laura M Hobden, at Minden Ontario 

British War Medal
Victory Medal
Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll
Memorial Cross 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs AJ Hobden, at Minden Ontario 

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