202nd Field Coy. Royal Engineers
Killed in Action, 11th October 1916,
From Newbridge, Co.Kildare,
A Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, King’s South Africa Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, 1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Sergeant William Patrick Tobin, Royal Engineers a former Prison Officer originally from Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland.
William Patrick Tobin was born in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland an 18 year 8 month old Carpenter he attested for the Royal Engineers at Dublin 17th May 1894, his next of kin is recorded as his father Thomas Tobin of 36 Thomas Street, Dublin. Serving with 20 (Fortress) Company in Gibraltar from 11th January 1897 to 19th November 1899 and South Africa from 20th November 1899 to 24th September 1902.
On return to England he married Florence Tobin (nee Bateson) in 1908. Discharged to the Army Reserve 1st November 1902, he re-engaged for the Army Reserve 17th May 1906 and was discharged 16th May 1910.
The 1911 census records he is 37 years old employed as a Prison Officer residing with his wife Florence and two daughters aged 20 months and 6 months at 38 Schleswig Street, Preston. Re-enlisting at Preston he served in France with 202 Field Company (30th Division) from 10th November 1915.
Killed in action 11th October 1916 aged 41 years on the eve of 30th Division’s unsuccessful attack on Bayonet Trench, Flers area, Somme sector, probably whilst preparing for the mornings attack, cutting wire and marking routes etc.
William’s body was never found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, to the missing on the Somme.
“THERE’S A COTTAGE HOME
WHERE HIS MOTHER SITS AND WEEPS”