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Pte G.H. Hoft 2531 2nd London Regiment


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Good afternoon everybody

My maternal grandfather was Pte. (later Cpl) George Henry Hoft, 2531, 2nd London Regiment.

Annecdotal family research has indicated that he became a prisoner of war early in the war. I have his 14-15 star and two other medals (pip, squeak and alfred?). My grandmother retained but sadly disposed of a 'vest' made of metal wire that he constructed as a POW as a 'wind-break.

He later, postwar, became general foreman of the Nine Elms Gas works, married Edith Christiana Boddington, had four children, Victor, Else, Vera and Gladys. Postwar he settled first in the Wandsworth area (bombed out in 1940) and later in the Clapham Common area.

Could any kind soul give me any idea of his service history?

Mny thanks in advance!

Chris Simmonds

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Hi Chris,

To start with I'd look at this site:

http://www.regiments.org/regiments/uk/volm...on/vinf/L02.htm

I assume that you have got his Medal Index card? However, to assume can cause problems so I've provided a link to his MIC if you haven't got it.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documen...1&resultcount=1

Steve

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The movements of the London Battalions are here:

http://www.1914-1918.net/london.htm

The details on the Medal Index Card (MIC) may give you some infdication as to whether he served with the 1/2nd or 2/2nd overseas.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documen...1&resultcount=1

The MIC costs £3.50 to download, and since he has a 1914-15 star it should say whether he went to France or Gallipoli narrowing down his service.

1/2nd went to France in February 1915.

2/2nd went to Gallipoli (Balkans) in August 1915.

He was still overseas in 1917 when the TF numbers were changed, the 230679 number being allocated to the 2nd Londons. I assume that even though a prisoner he was still classed as in a "Theatre of War".

Hope this will help a little,

Steve.

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Isn't is spooky when 2 forum members post the same info at roughly the same time? :D

Steve

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Well at least we agreed!

Steve.

P.S. Pip, Squeak and Wilfred...

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  • 13 years later...

Hi Chris.

 

I realise this is many years after your original post. I have this record and other details related to George Henry Hoft. He was my grandads uncle. 

 

Happy to share info with you if still required?

 

Kind regards

Sam

 

 

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