1. Memorial:Ypres Town Cemetery ExtensionIII. A. 7. Flanders
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.125
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour53D GQS

Awards & Titles:

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Early Life :

He was born 1873 in Colkirk, the son of Rev. Walter Marsham Hoare (Rector of Colkirk) and Jessie Mary Robertson. He was educated at Eton and played one football game for Norfolk (1888-89) and he later played cricket for Cambridgeshire ( 1895-98 ) and 6 matches for Norfolk Cricket Club (1903-1905 ). He married in 1901 in Marylebone to Elsie Florence Hogg (aunt of Quintin Hogg, Lord Hailsham), and later of Milton House, Berkhamsted.

He is listed as a member of the board of Directors at the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company, which became a subsidiary of Commercial Union Insurance in 1959.

Vincent's brother was Walter Robertson Hoare, Captain, Hampshire Regt. - attached to the RAF, who survived the war.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 12th Battalion London Regiment (The Rangers) 

1/12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers) August 1914 : at 14 Chenies Street. Part of 3rd London Brigade, 1st London Division. Moved on mobilisation to Bullswater, going on in September to Crowborough. In October, guarded the Waterloo-North Camp (Aldershot) railway and in December went to Roehampton. 25 December 1914 : left the Division and landed at Le Havre. 8 February 1915 : came under command of 84th Brigade in 28th Division. 20 May 1915 : transferred to GHQ Troops and formed a composite unit with 1/5th and 1/13th Bns. Resumed identity 11 August. 12 February 1916 : transferred to 168th Brigade in 56th (London) Division. 31 January 1918 : transferred to 175th Brigade in 58th (2/1st London) Division, absorbed the disbanded 2/12th Bn and renamed 12th Bn.

Action : Winter Operations 1914-1915 

23 November 1914 - 6 February 1915. As the armies of 1914 fought themselves to exhaustion they settled down by the end of the year to the realities of static trench warfare. During the winter, activity was mostly comprised of a series of small scale raids and attempts by the BEF to gain superiority over the battlefront. At the same time increasing numbers of Territorial battalions and replacements for the Regular battalions came into theatre and had to be trained and acclimatised to trench occupation. This period was further noted for the severity of the weather and the need to rapidly source and equip the troops with adequate winter and waterproof equipment, whilst improving the trench conditions. Miserable times.

Detail :

He embarked for service to France on Christmas Eve, 1914.

Broad Arrow 5th March 1915 - "CASUALTIES - ARMY. Major Vincent Robertson Hoare, 12th Bn. London Regt. (The Rangers), who was killed on the 15th ult., aged forty-one years, was the son of the late Rev. Walter Hoare, of Colkirk Rectory, Fakenham, and was educated at Eton. He was promoted major in September last. He was keenly interested in philanthropic work, and was a director of the North British and Mercantile Insurance and other companies. He served in the South African War of 1899-1902 as a trooper in the Suffolk Yeomanry, afterwards gaining a commission. As an officer in the Rangers, he raised a double company of Polytechnic members, who accompanied him to the front."

Probate : HOARE Vincent Robertson of 37 Fleet-street London major 12th county of London regiment died 15 February 1915 killed in action Probate London 13 April to Edward Henry Hoare banker Francis John Kingdon Hull solicitor and Douglas McGarel Hogg barrister-at-law. Effects £15842 8s. 6d.

HOARE, Vincent Robertson appears in the Aviva (Formerly Norwich Union) Memorial.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Robert Mitchell No. 2956 E.C.Middlesex
Joined : Old Quintinians No. 3307 E.C. London

10th June 1903
21st November 1903
19th December 1903

London Grand Rank. Petitioning and founding member of Old Quintonians Lodge No. 3307 on 20th May 1908. He was the founding Senior Warden. He was the first initiate in his mother lodge, the Robert Mitchell Lodge No. 2956.

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