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Donovan O'Bryen Hoare



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donovan O'Bryen AWMM
  • Surname
    Hoare AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Donovan O'Bryan Hoare AWMM
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 August 1899 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    1917 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Torpedoed by UB.40 when 6 miles SW of Anvil Point on passage London to Barry, England AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cadet Donovan O'Bryen Hoare was the only son of Philip and Florence Hoare, of Patea, New Zealand.

    He drowned when the Aparima - a 5704 tons British Merchant vessel - was hit on 19 November 1917 by a torpedo from a submarine 6 miles S.W. from Anvil Point. (Anvil Point is on the south coast of England between Bournemouth and Weymouth.) The Aparima was armed for defensive purposes and the crew had no warning that they were being attacked. 56 lives were lost.

    Middle name spelling varies - O'Bryen or O'Bryan.

    “Although not actually a dependent I was looking forward to the expiry of his three years’ cadetship when my son and only child would make such progress in life as to enable him to make some money spent on his education and later on help to keep me from poverty in old age” mother of Donavan Hoare (18 years old).( Source: Navy Museum) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 November 1917 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Anvil PointEngland AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Tower Hill Memorial, Trinity Square, London, England AWMM

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