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William Lobb

(c1897-1928) – Disabled soldier

William Lobb enlisted as a Private in the army aged 18. In March 1918 he was honourably discharged after suffering a severe leg wound in France. Lobb enrolled on a clerical skills course for disabled soldiers and worked for the government but, sadly, never fully recovered from his injuries. He died in 1928 aged 31.

Credit: Bodmin Town Museum

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William Frederick Lobb was born in Bodmin on March 25th 1897 and before joining the army was employed as a footman for the AGar-Robartes family at Lanhydrock House.

He enlisted in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry as a Private on November 17th 1915 at the age of 18.

In March 1918 he was honourably discharged from the army after suffering a severe leg wound while fighting in France which rendered him unfit for military service. A photograph in Bodmin Town Museum’s collection shows him being treated for his leg wound at the East Cornwall hospital in Bodmin.

After the war he enrolled on a course for disabled sailors and soldiers at the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College in Bristol where he learned a number of clerical skills particularly book-keeping, for which he was highly commended. He then went on to work in the Audit Department of the Ministry of Pensions in Bristol and London.

Sadly he never fully recovered from his injuries and returned to live with his parents at Respryn, where he died in 1928 aged 31. He was buried in Bodmin.

Credit: Bodmin Town Museum