Frederick William Horobin

bedfordshire regiment badgePrivate, 202282, 5th (Territorial) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, died at home, 14th June 1917, aged 32

Born at Crowle in 1884, Fred was the youngest son and one of six children of Alderman Thomas Crewe Horobin JP and his wife Mary. His father ran a grocery and drapery shop in the High Street and the family lived nearby at Albion House. Thomas was also a very prominent local Liberal politician and a member of Lindsey County Council for many years. He died when Fred was 11.

In the early 1900’s Fred moved to Sheffield where he became the manager of one of Messrs W Gunstone & Son, provisions stores. In 1915 he married a local Sheffield woman, Minnie Quarmby Taylor, and the couple lived at 17 Robert Road.

Fred attested for the army in September 1916. Unfortunately as his service record has not survived it is not known if he ever went overseas. The unit he served with the 5th (Territorial) Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment had two sections. The 1/5th Battalion served in the Mediterranean and Middle East throughout the war. Going first to Gallipoli for the Sulva Bay in August 1915, following the evacuation they moved to Egypt to guard the Suez Canal. In 1917 they were transferred to Palestine and in March 1917 saw action at the Battle of Gaza. By the armistice in October 1918, they were stationed at Beirut, having spent the entire campaign in that theatre of war.

The 2/5th were a Home Service Battalion based in Bedfordshire until 1915 when they went to new ‘war stations’ on Killingham Moor near Harrogate in June 1916. In October 1916 they moved to Darlington the billets in empty houses and schools, apparently making a pleasant change from the sodden moor they had been encamped on north of Harrogate.

Wherever Fred served in April 1917 he was admitted for treatment at the Temporary Military Hospital, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield for an unspecified illness. Here on 14th June 1917, Fred Horobin died, the cause being given as pernicious anemia. He was buried on 19th June in the grave of his in-laws Arthur and Ester Ann Taylor in City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

Fred is also commemorated on Sheffield City Council’s Official Roll of Honour.

fred horobin headstone sheffield cemetery

Grave marker for Fred Horobin in Sheffield Cemetery