Captain Herbert Edward HOSKING
62nd Punjabis Indian Army
Date of birth: 19 November 1886
Date of death 3 February 1917
Killed in action aged 30
Buried at Amara War Cemetery plot XXI. K. 6.
Herbert Edward was born in Karachi, the eldest son of Edward and Annette Hosking.
Edward Hosking was in the Indian Civil Service and was appointed a Second Grade Judge and Sessions Judge at Khanelsh in 1868. Both he and his wife were born in India as were several of their ten children. Edward, then Judicial Commissioner in Lower Burma, died on 26 November 1898, and his widow brought her children to England.
Herbert was at Durham School from 1900, and came up to Christ Church in the autumn of 1904. About that time his mother and several of his siblings came to live in Oxford at 1, Staverton Road.
He was first commissioned in the Indian Army 66th Punjabis on 11 December 1907. He was gazetted a temporary Captain on 9 September 1915 and confirmed as a Captain on 11 December 1916.
Herbert fought and died in Mesopotamia. His estate amounted to £2 13s 6d. Probate was granted to the Rev. Arthur Edmund Leigh Walker on 8 October 1919.
His youngest brother, Cyril, who had joined the Royal Flying Corps was shot down in error by British troops near Poperinghe, and died on 26 October 1914 aged 24. He is commemorated on the War Memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Oxford.