b. 04/08/1881 Punjab, India. d. 03/03/1965 Rugby, Warwickshire.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 24/11/1916 France.
Charles was one of six children born to Charles Reginald and Elizabeth Jane Hoskyn (nee Scott). By the time, he was 4, the family had returned to the UK and were living on the Isle of Wight. He was educated at Bedford Grammar School, where he was captain of the school, captain of rugby and captain of rowing. He went on to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where he was also captain of the XV rugby team and played for Middlesex County Cricket team.
On qualifying, he became a General Practioner in Rugby in 1910, until 1911, when he was appointed Assistant Surgeon at the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby. The same year he married Helen Parker, and they went on to have two children. Following his war service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he reached the rank of Captain, he returned to St Cross. He remained in that post until retirement in 1946. He was made a Freeman of Rugby for his outstanding service in medicine, and was appointed OBE in 1964.
In France on the 24th November, 1916, as a result of a serious railway accident, a man was pinned down by the legs under some heavy girders. The wreckage was on fire, and the flames had already reached the man’s ankle. Captain Hoskyn crawled into a cavity in the flaming wreckage, and .after releasing one of the man’s legs, amputated the other, whereupon the man was drawn out alive, Captain Hoskyn retaining hold of the main artery until a tourniquet could be put on.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
Allan Stanistreet – Image of Charles Hoskyn AM.