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EDWARD FRANCIS JAMES HOPPE 1875–1918

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Born 23rd June 1875 in Hackney, Middlesex

Marriage December 22nd 1901 to Sarah Ward at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hackney

Died 23rd December 1918, Notts. County War Hospital (Saxondale). Not remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial.

1881 Census

Unable to find in 1881. His father Edward Hoppe, born 1849 in Germany, was lodging in Marylebone, London. Occupation, tailor’s (?) artist.

1891 Census

Family living in Hackney. Edward senior a master mariner, wife Frances a machinist. Edward F.J. Hoppe, 15, a train register boy. Maternal grandmother Frances Leah, widow, living with family, also her son Albert, age 21, a signalman.

1901 Census

Edward F.J. Hoppe, boarding in Hackney, London, working as a dock labourer.

1911 Census

Edward Hoppe, age 38 according to census. Married to Sarah, age 32. Occupation: meat car man’s forman. Address, 11, Aspland Grove, Hackney. Living in two rooms. Census states the couple had no children. However a son Edward Albert Frederick was born 7th May 1903 in London and died aged 3 in 1907.

A ‘nurse child’, Florence Roge age 0, is living with them in 1911

Military Service

Rank: Driver

Service Number: T4/094176

Military Unit: Army Service Corps (Horse Transport), Woolwich

Attested: Aldershot 16.3.1915

Address: 18, Holmbrook Street Homerton, (in borough of Hackney, described as slum area in nineteenth century and ‘small crowded Victorian terraces’ in early 20th century)

Height 5ft 7ins, age 37 years and ten months. Date of birth given as 23.7.77 – two years younger than actual date of birth.

20.3.15: Admitted to Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, with inflammation of the stomach. In hospital for six weeks. Bed rest and milk diet. He has an abdominal scar from a previous operation.

19.6.1915: Discharged three months after enlistment due to sickness – no longer physically fit for war service. Didn’t serve overseas. Silver War Badge awarded in 1917.

13.5.1918: Re-enlisted as an air mechanic with the Royal Air Force.

Rank: 3rd Air Mechanic

Service Number: 166999

Military Unit: 10 Squadron, R.A.F.

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 26.5.18.

Occupation: carpenter’s mate

Height 5ft 8ins, chest 31 ins, hair grey-brown, eyes blue, complexion sallow

23.5.18: R.D. (Replacement Detachment) to British Expeditionary Force.

26.5.18: British Expeditionary Force to 10 AP (armour piercing (ammunition))

7.6.18: 10AP to 1AD (artillery depot)

17.6.18: 1AD to 10 Squadron

14.7.18: Discharged to duty

15.7.18: Transferred to England on Hospital Ship ‘Dennis’

(no date): Hospital admission, London General

Medals Awarded:  Silver War Badge no. 112709, issued 12.2.1917, British War and Victory.

London Electoral Register 1918

Address 70 Templar Road, Homerton, London. Trade Union membership – National Union of Railwaymen (1917-18).

Other information

Edward Hoppe died on December 23rd 1918 at Notts. County War Hospital. Two causes of death are given on his death certificate 1) exhaustion from mania 2 months 2) pulmonary tuberculosis 3 months. Buried Dec. 30th, 1918 Radcliffe on Trent cemetery, the day his death was registered. Commonwealth war graves headstone. Full military funeral noted on parish register, as was the practice for all servicemen who died in the village. No written information has yet been found to explain why he was hospitalised in Radcliffe on Trent, Notts. when he had a London address; it is presumed that his admission was due to mental illness.

Details on tombstone: Service Number 16699, Rank 3rd Air Mechanic, Royal Air Force.

He left £12.15s.5d. to his widow, Sarah Jane, which included a war gratuity of £5. She died in 1933, age 56 and had not married again.

His age on official records varies. His date of birth is registered as 1875. On both his attestation papers (ASC and RAF) he gives his date of birth as 23.6.1877. On the 1911 Census his age is recorded as 38, indicating he was born in 1873. His age at death in 1918 is recorded as 43 on his death certificate which is consistent with him being born in 1875.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Died and was buried in Radcliffe on Trent.

Hoppe Radcliffe cemetery

Radcliffe cemetery