Donald HOBSON
Rank: Boy Artificer
Number: M/11342
Unit: HMS Indus ROYAL NAVY
Date of Death: 2 August 1916
Age: 16
Cemetery: All Saints Churchyard, Cheadle Hulme

Donald is possibly the youngest of the many people commemorated on our local memorials. He was born locally on 24 September 1899 and was the son of Luke & Alice. The family lived at 7 Bellfield Avenue, Cheadle Hulme. Later, his parents moved to 30 Station RoadMr Hobson had been stationmaster at Cheadle Hulme, but since 1910 had been in business as a coal merchant and house agent.  Donald previously attended Cheadle Hulme School and was later educated at Stockport Technical School where he was nominated to join the Navy. He was a popular member of the church choir, Sunday school, cricket club and Boy Scouts.

He had recently been on leave and only re-joined his unit on 29 July. He drowned while swimming with friends at Devonport. Attempts to revive him failed. It is not known what happened.

   
           
   
     
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