Hobbs, Bruce Robertson

Date of birth:
1920 (Long Island/New York, United States)
Date of death:
2005
Service number:
189053
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Bruce Hobbs was a Grand National winning jockey and later respected racehorse trainer.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1943
Action:
Citation:
"On 4th May 43 at Argoub El Megas this officer crawled to the top of a hill occupied on the reverse side by the enemy in order to direct Mortar Fire and observe the tanks and army. He had to go so close to the enemy that it was not safe for him to speak on telephone. He therefore climbed up and down all day to pass messages over his wireless at the bottom of the hill. Through his efforts and skill, effective fire was brought to bear on the party of enemy tanks which could not be seen from any other position. On 5th May 43 this Officer again carried out O.P. work in the same area and under the same conditions throughout the whole day. He again did invaluable work. On May 11th 43 a Sqn of our tanks was operating as a flank guard. The carrier Troop under the Comd of Lt. Hobbs was put under their command. Frequently under heavy automatic fire from the enemy tanks and M.G.'s, this Officer carried out recces, ahead of, and to the flank of our tanks, and again acted in the role of O.P. It was through his initiative and determination and complete disregard of his personal safety that our tanks were able to successfully engage those of the enemy."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "8th ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star

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