Kevin Hobbs served in the RAN during WW2
December 22, 2008
Hi Mac I am wondering if you can possibly help. I am looking for Kevin Hobbs who served in the RAN during WW2. I do not know what ship he served on, whether he is still alive or not. All I know is that he is a cousin and my older sister corressponded with him when he served
Thanking you very much.
Is this your man?
Happy New Year to you. After your recent health scare, I can well understand you having a few extra glasses of champagne (or Australian equivalent) last night.
I read the letter (on Ahoy) from Bill Dahren re Kevin Hobbs. From his service record on the NAA, it seems that he was in the RANR, not the RAN:
He seems to have served on a fair number of different ships, although at a glance his time spent on some was quite short - in some cases just a matter of days; in one particular case, HMAS PING WO (I had never heard of this one before - seems to have been a tender), just one day.
If Bill is interested in finding further info on the ships, the best place to start would be to Google the ship names prefixed with HMAS and enclosed in quotation marks and see what turns up, e.g. "HMAS WHANG PU", which seems to have been a former Chinese river steamer commissioned into the RAN in 1943. The translation of this ship's badge apparently meaning "Happy Times". I wonder if it was happy times for Kevin Hobbs?
Wishing you happy times for 2009.
I trust 2009 brings only all that is good to you and your family.
I am still battling wild swings in my blood/sugar readings due to the Steroids that still have some weeks to run, but at least I am still around to keep AHOY up there.
Thanks as always for your support, and the detail on KEVIN.