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Edgar Hook


Edgar Hook was born in Headington, Oxfordshire, in the spring of 1889. He was the only child of Thomas Hook and his wife Laura (née Hickman). The couple had married in 1882 or 1883, and were living at 8 Cranham Street, Jericho in 1891.

Early Life

The family were still at this address in 1901 and Edgar's aunt, Eliza Cresswell, and maternal grandfather, George Hickman, were living with them. Eliza moved in with them when the family relocated to 15 Bedford Street in Iffley Fields, which is where they were living in 1911 and remained until at least 1922. In 1891, Edgar's father was a Post Office Sorting Clerk; by 1911 he had been promoted to a Post Office Overseer. He retired in 1917.

Chester College

Edgar attended Chester College until 1914, when he qualified as a Teacher.

Army Service

Before 1917, Edgar enlisted in Acton, first joining the ‘Ox & Bucks’ Light Infantry as a Corporal, Service Number TR/12205. He later transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers with the rank of Sergeant, Service Number 47039.

In November 1917, when he was 28 years old, Edgar married Winifred Mary Lucas at St. Matthew's Church. She was 25 and a Telegraph Clerk, born in Oxford. The Lucas family (Arthur, his wife, Catherine, Winifred and her sister, Phyllis) lived at 29 Western Road and, following her marriage, Winifred continued to live there while Edgar was away in service. Edgar used this as his home address.

Lest We Forget

Edgar was killed August 3, 1918, aged 29, in Northern France. The area to the east of St. Jans-Cappel and Bailleul to the south had been captured by the Germans during Operation Georgette the previous April. Edgar was part of the 36th Division holding the line there, before much of the ground taken in April was successfully recaptured by the allies at the end of August and in early September 1918.

Post Mortem

Edgar was buried at the Mont Noir Military Cemetery, in St. Jans-Cappel. At the request of his widow, Winifred, “We loved thee well / but Jesus loves thee best / Good night'” was inscribed on his headstone.

It appears that Winifred moved to Bournemouth (14 King George Avenue, Moordown) soon after Edgar's death. He left her his estate of £184 15s (the modern-day equivalent of approximately £8,000).