Lieutenant William Murray Dobie

3 Battalion (attached 1 Battalion), Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)


Lt Dobie was educated at Marlborough School and received his commission in September 1914. He was killed in action, aged 20, on 9 April 1916 near Arras. Lt Dobie is buried at Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras.


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  • Christian Lüts 3y

    The CWGC entry records the following;
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Date of Death: 09/04/1916
    Age: 20
    Regiment/Service: Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
    "D" Coy. 3rd Bn., attd. 1st Bn.
    Grave Reference I. A. 22.
    Son of Herbert Dobie, M.D., of Northdene, Chester.

    Born in the second quarter of 1896 Chester. The eldest child of Herbert and Margaret A Dobie, the 1901 census records him living at 1 St John Street Chester, where his father is a Physician, along with his younger sister, Elizabeth, and two domestic servants.
    The 1911 census records him as a pupil at Marlborough College. Almost 750 former Marlborough pupils lost their lives in the Great War.

    A report of his death reads; At Arras in the early morning of 9th April 1916, when it was misty, Captain Gross and Lieutenant Dobbie, with CSM Crossley, went out to inspect the wire in front of the fire trench. While they were doing so, the enemy suddenly opened fire. Lieutenant Dobie fell dead into a crater, the others got back except Catain Gross, who was left out wounded.CSM Crossley, Sergeant A Hammond (No.6348.) and Lance Corporal F Liddamore (No.1036.) crept out under fire and succeeded in dragging Captain Gross back to the trench. He however died a few minutes later. In doing this CSM Crossley was killed and Lance Corporal F Lidamore got a bullet through his clothing. Sergeant A Hammond was untouched.

    His name is recorded, along with other men of the parish, in St Peter’s Church, Chester. A link to a photograph of his name and the church’s memorial window is here;
  • Denise Jackson PRO 3y

    National Probate Calendar records that probate was granted to Herbert Dobie M.D. Effects £280 5s 8d.

    1 St John Street Chester is now occupied by a branch of Pizza Express but it would still have looked out on to the Wesley Methodist Church,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf...
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