Reginald Hobbs

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Reginald Hobbs
Born 8 August 1908
Elham, Kent
Died 1977
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1928-1960
Rank Major-General
Commands held 104th Regiment (Essex Yeomanry), Royal Horse Artillery
2nd Infantry Brigade
RMA Sandhurst
1st Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General Reginald Geoffrey Stirling Hobbs CB DSO OBE (8 August 1908 – 1977) was a British Army officer who became Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Military career[edit]

Hobbs was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1928.[1] He played rugby for England against South Africa at Twickenham in 1932[2] and then served in India.[1] He fought in World War II becoming Commanding Officer of 104th Regiment (Essex Yeomanry), Royal Horse Artillery in the Western Desert taking part in the Battle of El Alamein in 1942 and then being deployed to North West Europe as a General Staff Officer.[1]

After the War, he was Chief of Staff for Combined Operations.[1] Then in 1950, he became Commander Royal Artillery for 1st Infantry Division in the Middle East.[1] He was made Commander of 2nd Infantry Brigade in 1951, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1954 and Director of the Royal Artillery at the War Office in 1957.[1] He went on to be General Officer Commanding 1st Division in 1959 before retiring in 1960.[1]

In retirement he was President of the Regular Commissions Board, Honorary Colonel of the Essex Yeomanry and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Artillery from 1963 to 1968.[1] He lived at Lerags House in Oban in Argyllshire.[3]


Military offices
Preceded by
Guy Gregson
General Officer Commanding the 1st Division
Succeeded by
Division Disbanded
Preceded by
David Dawnay
Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Succeeded by
Ronald Urquhart