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Harold Raymond Hoare

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Harold (Bill) Hoare

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Raymond AWMM
  • Surname
    Hoare AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    21087 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 August 1920 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 225 Clyde Street, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr K. Hoare (father), 49 Rintoul Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 May 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    21087 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 February 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Hoare, Harold Raymond. (Ref. WO 373/23/231). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Biographical information

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  • Husband of Lorraine; father of Anne, Wendy, Marilyn

    2 Lieutenant H. R. Hoare, MM; Waitaki; born NZ, 6 Jan 1919; printer; wounded 5 Feb 1944. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.325.)

    'The 5 Brigade area, which had seemed in the beginning most vulnerable to attack, was never directly threatened; but it suffered heavy shelling, directed mainly at the 5th Field guns. The gun positions had little or no protection and inevitably some guns and vehicles were hit. One gun, under Sergeant Hoare, suffered damage and its trailer and ammunition were set on fire. Hoare rallied his men, put out the fire, and started to repair the gun. The shelling continued and he was forced to withdraw until it abated. Then he went back and brought the gun into action again. Bombardier Beard of 28 Battery was wounded, but stayed with his men. A lorry was set on fire and ammunition on it kept exploding, endangering nearby lorries. Beard collected some gunners and with them unloaded ammunition from these other lorries, regardless of the violent explosions close at hand. For the rest of the day he was tireless and selfless in his determination to keep the guns supplied with ammunition. Both Hoare and Beard were awarded the MM.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 325.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 November 2004 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    LevinManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, November 2004 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cooke, P. (2001). Defending New Zealand: ramparts on the sea 1840-1950s. Wellington, N.Z.: Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 88 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.235. AWMM


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