George Horace Hookham

Name

George Horace Hookham

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/04/1915
23

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
13217
Bedfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Panel 31 and 33
Belgium

UK Memorials

Christchurch Memorial, Chorleywood
Memorial Hall Plaque, Chorleywood
Rickmansworth Urban District Memorial
St. Mary’s Church Memorial, Rickmansworth

Pre War

George was born in Rickmansworth on the 13th of April 1892 and baptised there on the 21st of April. His parents were George and Eliza (nee Gibbard) Hookham, George Senior being a Bricklayer.

In 1901 they were at 6 Bury Lane Place with six children and in 1911 still in Bury Lane, but now with eight children. George’s cousin Ernest Hookham was killed in action on the 12th of March 1917.

George senior is thought to be the brother of Anne Alice (nee Hookham) Dewdney whose son William Ewart was killed on the 3rd of September 1917.

Recorded as enlisting in Marylebone, London.

Wartime Service

A regular army battalion based in Ireland when war broke out but immediately sent to France, landing the 16th of August 1914 as part of 15th Brigade 5th Division.

They took part in the early engagements including Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne, the Aisne, LA Bassee and First Ypres. Having moved to the Ypres salient in early 1915 the Division was engaged in the defence of Hill 60 at Second Ypres during April and May. Hill 60 was a low ridge facing the Allied trenches in the Zillebeke region in the southwest of Ypres and the Division suffered horrendous losses in more than four weeks of heavy fighting. It was here that George lost his life on the 21st of April.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Tanya Britton, Our Village in the Great War, Mike Collins