Name: Second Lieutenant Geoffry Hoole
“C” Coy., 1st /15th Battalion, London Regiment
Killed in Action 15th September 1916
Son of the late Dr. Henry Hoole, M.D., and Mrs. Emily S. Hoole, of 1, Hopton Rd., Streatham, London.
Buried at CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL – Somme, France.
Hoole was a part of the “C” company of the 1st/15th Battalion of the London Regiment (The Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles). The Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles was an infantry regiment of the Volunteer Force and Territorial Force of the British Army from 1798 to 1921; it saw active service in the Boer War and World War I as part of the London Regiment. This was a territorial unit who had their headquarters at Somerset House, Westminster. Hoole was a part of the “C” company. This refers to him being a part of the Infantry Company and was split up into four sub-companies and was lettered from A to D (in some regiments this was W - Z), and was commanded by a Major or Captain. It is believed that Hoole was killed in action whilst fighting for the “C” company.
On 15th September 1916 at 5.50 a.m. the “C” company were cut up by machine gun fire. It is believed to be here that Hoole was killed in action. He is now buried in Somme, France where his grave is engraved with the words ‘at peace with God’.
By Katie, Year 12
National Archives, Kew: WO 95/2732/1, 1st/15th London Regiment War Diary 15th March 1916