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Local Heroes WW1

HOARE, Harry

(Pte) Harry Hoare

Private Harry Hoare 4493, a Labourer from Alberton, South Australia, prior to enlistment 1 September 1915, he embarked with the 10th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916.

Regimental number 4493
Place of birth Alberton, South Australia
School Alberton Public School
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Labourer
Address Kent Street, Alberton, South Australia
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 31
Next of kin Mother, Mrs M Hoare, Kent Street, Alberton, South Australia
Enlistment date 1-Sep-15
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 10th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/27/4
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 50th Battalion
Fate Died of wounds 7 September 1916
Age at death 32
Place of burial Bologne Eastern Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row C, Grave No. 127), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour, 150
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from Parents: Thomas and Mary HOARE. Native of Alberton, South Australia
  cemetery records
Other details War service: Western Front
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal


ID number     PAFU2014/091.01
Title     The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (4493) Private Harry Hoare, 50th Battalion, First World War
Collection     Film
Object type     Last Post film
Maker     Australian War Memorial
Place made     Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Campbell
Date made     21 March 2014
Physical description     16:9
Video     Download video 51.18 MB
Note     Open
Copying provision     Copy provided for personal non-commercial use


The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour is told. Hosted by Richard Cruise, the story for this day was on (4493) Private Harry Hoare, 50th Battalion, First World War. The address is read by Lieutenant Commander Annette Nelson.

Speech text

4493 Private Harry Hoare, 50th Battalion
DOW 7 September 1916
No photograph in collection

Story delivered 21 March 2014

Today we remember and pay tribute to Private Harry Hoare.

Harry Hoare, known as "Jim" to his family, was born in Alberton, a suburb of Adelaide. His father died when he was seven, and he and his brothers and sisters were raised by his mother. Educated at Alberton Public School, Harry went on to work on the wharf and in the wharf sheds of Port Adelaide. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in September 1915 at the age of 31 and was sent to Egypt with the 14th reinforcements to the 10th Battalion.

Hoare arrived in Egypt as the AIF was undergoing an extended period of training and reorganisation. As a part of this he was transferred to the 50th Battalion and sent to France to fight on the Western Front.

The 50th Battalion first saw action in the fighting around Mouquet Farm in August 1916 under some of the heaviest shell-fire of the war. In his first experience of trench warfare Hoare suffered a bout of shell shock, serious enough for him to spend a day or two in hospital. However, he soon returned to his battalion and participated in further fighting in the same area.

On 4 September the 50th Battalion returned to Albert from the front line. However, during their withdrawal, Hoare was shot in the leg. After receiving initial treatment he was sent to England, but died of his wounds before he could embark.

Harry Hoare was deeply mourned by his siblings and his aged mother, who would die two years later. He was also missed by his comrades in the 50th Battalion, one of whom inserted a memorial notice in the newspaper a year after his death. Private Davis wrote: "In loving memory of Harry - He heard his King and Country call: He gave his life, his best, his all."

His name is listed on the Roll of Honour on my right along with more than 60,000 others from the First World War. There is no photograph of Harry in the Memorial's collection to display beside the Pool of Reflection.

This is but one of the many stories of courage and sacrifice told here at the Australian War Memorial. We now remember Private Harry Hoare, and all of those Australians who have given their lives in the service of our nation.

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