Dobbs, William Cary


Eldest son of Robert Conway Dobbs, JP and Edith Dobbs of Lincolns Inn, London and County Waterford. Brother of Henry Robert Conway Dobbs (Coll. 1871) and Arthur Conway Dobbs (I 1888).

He entered Winchester as an Exhibitioner from Kingsley College, Westward Ho and became a Commoner Prefect in his last year, going to Trinity College Cambridge in 1892. He was a keen yachtsman and a good shot and spent much of his spare time studying mechanical engineering. He returned to London in 1892 and became a partner in the piano making firm of Messrs Broadwood & Sons until 1901.

He held a commission for some years in the Queen’s Westminster Volunteers. On the outbreak of war he volunteered, in spite of his age, and was gazetted to 5th (Special Reserve) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, and left for France with them in January 1915. He was severely wounded in February 1915 at Ypres and again on the Somme in July 1916 while attached to the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. On his recovery he was offered a post at home but elected to return to the front. During the afternoon of 31st July 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, as he led his company of the Middlesex Regiment to the attack, he was killed by machine gun fire. He was 46.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Dobbs
  • Forenames or initials: William Cary
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1884-1889
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Middlesex Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 14th October 1870
  • Date of Death: 31st July 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL: Panel 49 and 51