Eric was the only son of a Master Jewellery, Wilfred Hoare and his wife, Alicia. He was born on 10th August 1896 and joined Ilford County High School on 14th September 1909 aged 13. He had previously been educated at Downshall Elementary School, Ilford. He remained at Ilford County High School until he took up a post as a clerk in the Scottish Widows’ Fund Insurance office in July 1912. His family lived at 56 Blytheswood Road, Goodmayes.
The Chichester Observer of Wednesday 22nd November 1916 announced his death, explaining that he had been ‘dangerously wounded in France on 9th November and died on the 11th. At the time of his death, he was a Second Lieutenant with the RFA. The Chichester Press included the news as Eric was the grandson of ‘the late John Hoare of St Pancras, Chichester.’ He was in his 21st year when he was killed.
Research by Andrew Emeny, History Teacher at ICHS
ICHS school records and magazines
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Chichester Observer (22/11/1916)
Ilford County High School started life as the Park Higher Grade School in 1901 in Balfour Road, Ilford. It was renamed Ilford County High School (or initially County High School, Ilford) in the years after the school’s management was transferred from Ilford School Board to Essex Education Committee in 1904.