Edward ran away from home after the death of his Mother & his Father's marriage to Grace Henderson. The records of his enlistment were destroyed in the Blitz of WW2. The first record is on February 29, 1880 for pay, allowances, and promotion to Lance Corporal in the Sterlingshire Regt. 75th of Foot. On March 11, 1881 the regiment moved from Chatham to Portsmouth and then on the S.S. Egypt to Malta. On March 20, the regiment was stationed in Floriana barracks Valetta, Malta. On July 1st the 75th and 92nd were joined to form the 1st & 2nd battalions of the Gordon Highlanders. August 2, 1882 embarked on the S.S. Euphrates for Alexandria, Egypt. August 19, 1882 battalion strength 690 all ranks, joined the Highland brigade at Ramleh; September 3, 1882 Arrived at Lake Timseh; September 9, disembarked at Ismailia; September 11, arrived at Kassassin; September 13, Battle of Tel-el-Kebir; September 16, surrender of Kafr-Dawar and collapse of Arabi Pasha's rebellion.; September 17, surrender of Tanteh garrison 3,000 infantry, 1 regiment of cavalry and 24 guns. Stationed in the Citadel, Cairo as part of the Army of Occupation. January 6, 1883 promoted Orderly Room Clerk. February 4, 1884 expedition to avenge the massacre of Baker Pasha's Egyptian troops by Osman Digna at El Teb. Feb 15, embarkation; arrived at Suakin on P&O liner Thibet contiued on to Fort Baker at Trinkitat; Feb 29, 1884 battle of El Teb Tamai; March 1, surrender of Takar; March 3, burial of Baker's troops & return to Trinkitat; March 4, embarkation on HMS Utopia for Suakin; night march to Baker's zareba 8 miles from Suakin; March 12 night attack by Osman Digna; March 13, battle of Tamai - Osman Digna's camp & magazine destroyed; march to Handab 27th, campaign halted as Osman Digna's forces were considered to be broken. April 1, 1884 sailed fromSuakin on H.M.S. Utopia; April 5, Landed at Suez, promoted Lance Sergeant & awarded the general campaign medal with clasps for Tel-El-Kebir, Suakin, El-Teb-Tamai and Khedive's Star. November 5, 1884 expedition to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum, train from Boulac Decrour station to Assiout (300 miles); 19th arrived in Assouan then train to Shellal. December 4, left Sarrasin in whaler boats; 20th arrived at Dal rapids; Jan 13, arrived at Korti; 26th Fall of Khartoum to the Mahdi's forces, murder of General Gordon. February 12, River column reached Kirbakan. troops ordered back to Cairo. June 29, Column reached Assiout and embarked for Cairo. Awarded clasp to General Service Medal Nile 1884-85. September 8, embarked forMalta. January 6, 1886 promoted to Colour Sergeant number changed to 1969. December 7, 1887 married Lydia Ida Ranze in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Returned with his wife to Malta. November 14, embarked on H.M.S. Himalaya for Ceylon; arrrived December 6, 1887. February 1 1888, military records show him as "prisoner" reason not given. Actual date of discharge unknown - records destroyed in WW2 bombing of London.
Father: John HOBBS b: 20 JAN 1833 in Stetchworth, Cambridgeshire, England
Mother: Sarah TUCKER b: 9 OCT 1825 in Bobbingworth, Essex Co., England
Marriage 1 Lydia Ida RANZE b: 23 NOV 1855 in Belgaum, India. c: 10 AUG 1862 in St. Mary, Tuddenham, Suffolk