Harold Thomas Hooper

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Sapper

Service No:           787

Unit:                     1st/2nd (South Midlands) Field Coy. Royal Engineers

Harold was born in St. Phillips Bristol in 1895; he was the fifth child of William and Mary Hooper. In 1901 the family were living at 66 Hayward Road St. George, Bristol, William Hooper was a chocolate cream moulder from Winsford Somerset.

The above photo is the was taken about 1903 , Harold Thomas is on the front right hand side his mother is next to him and the others are all siblings. ( the original photo was orignally owned by Harold's son and this copy has been passed to me by his Grandson Mike Philpott).

In 1911 we find Harold living with his parents & 5 siblings at 57 Barton Hill Road, St Phillips Bristol; Harold was working in a corset factory. Harold married Elsie Blance Evans in 1914 and a son Harold John was born in March 1915.

On enlistment Harold joined the Royal Engineers in the South Midlands Division; he arrived in the War Theatre on 31 March 1915.

Harold Thomas Hooper was killed in action on 18th August 1916. He is buried and remembered with honour at Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension: Grave location G.40.

Image courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Harold’s medal entitlement was The 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

Harold's widow remarried in 1918 , her new husband William Victor Philpott was a fire fighter who won the George Medal for a brave action during World War 2( see Wikipedia details), William Victor's son ,John Norman, was a Warrant Officer Pilot in the RAF who lost his life in the 2nd World War.

My grateful thanks to Mike Phipott for providing the top photo and supplying additional family details.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

1901 & 1911 census