Edgar Augustus  - the first of the surviving brothers to die at the age of 59 in a hospital in Hackney, East London.

Although he appears with his family in the 1891 Census, Edgar was not with them ten years later in the 1901 Census.  Instead he is staying as a "visitor" at 2 Hethpool Street in Paddington, London (GRO ref RG13/2 - 378). The household consisted of THOMAS HOLDEN and his wife LUCIE and their 14 year old son WILLIAM. THOMAS was listed as being a Railway Blacksmith whilst his wife's occupation was given as Midwife. I can only assume that EDGAR was stopping there as a friend of the family but it is an assumption nonetheless.

Ten years later the 1911 Census reveals that EDGAR was living with his parents JAMES and ELIZABETH in South Wales and working as a Coal Miner Hewer in the local mines

Name Edgar Hobbs Relationship to Head of Household Son Condition Single Gender M Age 23 Estimated Year of Birth 1888 Occupation Coal Miner Hewer Employed Yes Working at Home No Place of Birth London Paddington Language 5 Enumerator Information Address 23 Vivian St Tylorstown Glam Parish Rhondda Town Tylorstown Glam Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms No Of Rooms 6 Inhabited Y Reference RG14PN32391 RG78PN1853B RD589 SD4 ED63 SN253 Administrative County Glamorganshire Registration District Pontypridd Registration Sub District Rhondda Enumeration District 63

The only other photograph I have of Edgar is one taken with a group of friends. Edgar is on the left

Edgar was the only one of the HOBBS brothers never to have married but he did live for a number of years with a house-keeper and her son. Prior to the war this was off Salmon Lane in the Limehouse area of London. I do not know much about Edgar beyond the fact that his house was flattened by a German bomb during World War 2 and that he lived with his brother WILLIAM HOBBS in Upney until he was re-housed. I found a envelope postmarked 8th April 1946 when I was sorting through some of my fathers papers which gave the address of a Mr E Hobbs as being 24 Ropery Street, Bow, Mile End, London E3. I can only assume that he moved back into London after the war. A photograph of Ropery Street taken in 2004 is shown below.

At the time of his death he was working as a boiler operator (stoker) at Barking Power Station, Dagenham, Essex, but before then I believe that he may have been in the merchant navy. Below is a print of the station taken in 1925.

In June 2012 I was kindly passed this information which was in "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966"


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