Arthur James Hoare

Rank Private
Service No G/20633
Date of Death 15/09/1916
Age 39
Regiment/Service Middlesex Regiment 23rd Battalion
Memorial Thiepval Memorial. This memorial to the missing of the Somme bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.


Arthur James Hoare was born in 1877 to James Thomas Hoare (b.1851), a gardener, and his wife Selina (1857-1936), nee Gudgeon, of Swan Lane, Finchley. Arthur had a total of ten siblings, Amy Susan (b.1879), Ernest Albert (1881-1951), Alice Dora (b.1884), William Frederick (b.1886), Edith Janet (1888-1982), Samuel Louis (b.1890), Alfred John (b.1892), George (b.1895), Elena (b.1897) and Edward (b.1903).

To accommodate their increasingly large family, the Hoares moved to 4 St John’s Row, Friern Lane, Whetstone, where Arthur worked as a Nursery Lad, later a grocer’s assistant. His father was now an agricultural labourer, his sister Amy is a domestic housemaid and William worked as a butcher’s assistant.

In 1911, Arthur’s father (now a jobbing gardener at 62) and mother are living at 1 St John’s Row their two youngest children. Samuel (now 20 years old and a domestic gardener) also lives at home with his wife of less than a year, Kate, and their child who is 1 month old and was not then named.

Arthur Hoare married Edith Frances Pyne in the summer of 1906, and the couple lived at 119 Station Road, Finchley where they raised their 3 children, Frances (b.1907), Winifred (b.1909) and Dorothy (b.1910). Arthur was then employed as a milk carrier’s assistant. 

The 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment (2nd Football Battalion) arrived on the Somme at the end of August 1916 and served in Delville Wood. On 15th September 1916, the first day of the battle of Flers-Courcelette, the battalion was in support for the attack on the Switch Line, suffering 195 casualties, including Arthur. It is historically noteworthy for being the first time that tanks were used in battle.

The St Luke’s Finchley monthly magazine of December 1916, records that Arthur ‘lived at 119 Station Road, and previous to his enlisting was a Milk Carrier. He leaves a wife and five young children.’