Allan Bowman Hobbs

ID # 3694, (1886-1975)
FatherRichard Hobbs (1845-1916)
MotherLida Bowman (1851-1889)
BirthAllan Bowman Hobbs was born on 30 August 1886 at Village Of Niagara Falls, Welland County. 
MarriageHe married Maudie L. Bellamy on 27 September 1922 at Toronto, York Co., Ontario.
Mrge reg. 005024-22 Toronto, York Co.
Allan B. Hobbs, 36, bachelor, clerk, Methodist. Born Niagara Falls, Ont., residence 150 Blair Rd. (Galt). Parents Richard Hobbs and Lida Bowman.
Maudie L. Bellamy, 32, spinster, Anglican. Born England, residing Manchester, England. Parents Geo. Richard Bellamy and Emma Bond Carter.
Witnesses Henrietta Caswell, 28 Simpson Ave., Toronto, and William Monkley, 146 Langley Ave., Toronto.
On 27 September, 1922, at Toronto, by H. B. Caswell, 28 Simpson Ave., Toronto, Methodist.
Bridegroom's father born Illeg. England
Bride's father born ...illeg, but might be Lancashire.
DeathHe died on 12 August 1975 at Cambridge, Ontario, at age 88. 
BurialHe was buried at Section 6, Mountview Cemetery, Cambridge, Ontario. 
NoteBirth reg. 037903-86 Village of Niagara Falls, Welland County
Allan Bowman Hobbs born August 30, 1886. Parents Richard Hobbs, clergyman, and Lida Bowman. Informant Rev. Richard Hobbs, Methodist minister, Village of Niagara Falls.

Allan Bowman Hobbs served in the First World War. A copy of his military record is to be found with Library and Archives Canada, Soldiers of the First World War.

At some point, Allan was a journalist and he is shown thus when he signed up with the Canadian Army on June 9th, 1915, at Winnipeg. On his attestation papers, he shows his next of kin as Elizabeth D. Hobbs. Elsewhere, he shows her as his mother and writes a brief will naming her as beneficiary. Of course, she is Delight Buckberrough and his step-mother. They obviously had a good relationship.

Allan was severly wounded in October of 1916 at the Somme, suffering gunshot wounds to his face and arm. He spent much time thereafter in hospital treatment. His date of discharge from the army is shown as 17 December, 1919.

Interestingly, he is shown in the 1921 census as living in Preston with his aunt and uncle, Allan and Nancy Bowman. They are ages 80 and 81 respectively. He is shown as working for Inland Revenue.

The voters' lists indicate that he worked for Canada Customs and lived some years thereafter as retired. He must have had a military pension, for there is a solicitors' letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs in his above noted army file advising of his death on 12 August, 1975.

In later years, according to Voters' lists, Allan lived at 150 Blair Road in Galt. He died in 1975 according to a transcription of Section 6, Mountview Cemetery, Galt. Maudie died in 1956, according to the same transcription. At some point after Maudie's death, he married again. Our only knowledge of his second wife comes from the transcription of his gravestone. She is shown as Norma Vanstone, 1889-1976. For the moment there is no certainty, but there was a Norma Vanstone in Wingham when the Hobbs family was there at the time of the 1901 census. The Hobbs family is on page 5 and the Vanstones on page 6 of the Wingham census. Allan and Norma were close together in terms of age. 
Last Edited22 May 2018