Horace Frederick Hook.

Horace was the son of Isaac and Sarah Ann Hook [nee Aldred] of Offord Darcy, Huntingdonshire. He was born in 1892, possibly at Earith, Huntingdonshire,  his birth being recorded in the March quarter of ref - St. Ives 3b, 282.

His parents, Isaac Hook and Sarah Ann Aldred were married in Wellingborough March Quarter 1880. His mother, Sarah Ann Hook was buried in Offord Darcy, December 6, 1936 aged 74 and his father Isaac Hook was buried in Offord Darcy, May 6, 1943 aged 87.

Horace enlisted in the HCB
on the 10/10/1914 at their HQ in St. Mary's Street, Huntingdon.  He was initially in the 1/1st Battalion and later transferred into the 2/1st [Reserve] - he was allocated the HCB number of 598.  He gave his address as Offord Darcy.

He was one of a large number of men from the 2/1st [Reserve] Bat. who volunteered for active service. They marched through Huntingdon behind their band on Saturday, and departed from the station in additional coaches that were attached to the 10.06 train. No destination was given for the train or the men of the Reserve Battalion. The report was in the Huntingdonshire Post dated 23 Dec. 1914.

Horace went to France where he was transferred into the 1/8 Royal Warwickshire Regiment (T. F) with the Army number of 307676.

An undated new cutting indicates that he was reported missing believed killed. - another paper indicated that he was reported wounded and missing.   He was killed a a private [307676] - in the 1st./8th. Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment aged 24 on 27 August 1916.

He was killed in the same battle that my Grandfather Horace Jaikens was wounded and taken POW, in August 1916.

  Horace is remembered on one of the massive panels on the Memorial to the missing, Thiepval , Somme, France. He has no known grave.

Many thanks to Herbert Norris, who is carrying out research on the Offord Darcy Roll of Honour, for additional information on the family and background details on this soldier.

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com

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. . Martyn Smith