Frederick Hobson was born in Macclesfield in 1897, the son of Sarah Ann and Joseph Hobson, a house painter of 52 Fence Street, Macclesfield.
In 1901, three-year-old Frederick was living at that address with his parents and siblings Ernest (10), Martha (8) and Maggie (5). By 1911 Frederick had left school and was employed as a shop assistant in a grocery store. Frederick later worked as a weaver at Lower Heyes Mill, Macclesfield.
In 1914 Frederick enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment with service number 2213, but was later transferred to the Manchester Regiment.
Frederick was reported missing and it was later assumed that he had been killed in action between 4 and 7 October 1917. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 5 January 1918, where he was stated to be a Lance-Corporal:
LANCE-CORPORAL F HOBSON
Official news has been received by Mr Joseph Hobson, 52 Fence St, that his son, Lance-Corporal Fred Hobson, Manchester Regiment, who was reported missing on October 4th, is now stated to have been killed. Lance-Corporal Hobson was a native of Macclesfield and 20 years of age. He was educated at Daybrook Street School, and was a member of the Fence Street United Methodist Sunday School and Townley Street Institute. The deceased soldier was formerly in the Macclesfield Harriers and in civil life was employed as a weaver at the Lower Heyes. Lance-Corporal Hobson enlisted in the Cheshires in 1914, being then not quite 17 years of age. He was sent out to France at the end of August, 1916, and transferred to the Manchesters.
Official records differ in the date of death, which was probably between 4th and 7th October 1917.
Private Frederick Hobson has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 120 to 124 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Frederick Hobson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Frederick Hobson is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church, Beech Lane Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and Fence Sunday School war memorials.
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Macclesfield Courier: 5 January 1918
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.