Topic: George Henry Webbe Tobin (1885-1916)

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George Henry Webbe Tobin was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme in Northern France on 15 September 1916, aged 31. He was buried in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery at Longueval, Somme, France. Story by Debbie McCauley.

George Henry Webbe Tobin was born in Awanui on 30 April 1885 (reg. 1885/4525). His parents were William Henry John and Laura Tobin (nee Brown) who married in New Plymouth, New Zealand, in 1878 (reg. 1878/981).

He worked as a driver.

George's father William died at Tauranga on 6 April 1914. He was buried in Tauranga Anglican Cemetery where his headstone reads:

William Henry John TOBIN husband of Laura TOBIN & 3rd son of Captain Geo. TOBIN 2nd Queen's Royals late of Exmouth, Devon 12 Dec 1850 - 6 Apr 1914; also his wife Laura c 4 Oct 1930.

George enlisted to fight during World War I on 20 October 1915. He served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment (Service No. 12/3846).

Private George Henry Webbe Tobin was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme in Northern France on 15 September 1916, aged 31. He was buried in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery at Longueval, Somme, France.

George is also remembered on a soldiers’ memorial stained glass window in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Tauranga.

George Henry Webbe Tobin (1885-1916)

 

References:

Ancestry.com.

Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

McLean, Heather (1997). Tauranga Anglican Cemetery Headstones.

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George Henry Webbe Tobin (1885-1916)


Year:1916
Note:Service Number: 12/3846
First Names:George Henry Webbe
Last Name:Tobin
Date of Birth:30 April 1885
Place of Birth:Awanui
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:15 September 1916
Place of death:Somme, France
Place of burial:Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
Occupation:driver
Fathers name:William Henry John Tobin
Fathers date of birth:12 December 1850
Fathers place of birth:Lympstone, Devon, England
Fathers date of death:6 April 1914
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Laura Brown
Mothers date of birth:24 September 1854
Mothers place of birth:New Plymouth, New Zealand
Mothers date of death:4 October 1930
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)