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829 CORPORAL ERNEST HOFF, HAMPSHIRE YEOMANRY, DIED OF WOUNDS :

British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (829 Cpl. Hamps.Yeo.); Territoral Force War Medal, (829 Pte. Hamps.Yeo.) : (ERNEST HAROLD HOFF - Born around 1895 at Portsmouth, Hampshire, a jobbing builder at the date of the 1911 Census : Joined the 1/1st. Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers), 'B' and 'C' Squadrons of which entered France in May and June 1916 : Dismounted from 25 August 1917 and sent to Rouen for infantry training : On 25 September 1917, twelve Officers and three hundred and seven Other Ranks were absorbed into 15th.(Service)Battalion(Second Portsmouth),Hampshire Regiment, at Caestre : This battalion subsequently became, 15th.(Hampshire Yeomanry)Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, at this time the recipient was renumbered as 204940 : In November 1917 the Battalion was ordered to Italy, moving by train to Mantua, it took the front line near the River Piave, north west of Treviso : In February 1918 the Battalion was summoned back to France and departed from Campo San Piero, travelling by train to near Doullens and Mondicourt : The Battalion was in action during the Battle of St Quentin, the Battle of Bapaume and the Battle of Arras before moving to Flanders for the Battle of the Lys and was again in action during the Final Advance in Flanders, including the Fifth Battle of Ypres, which commenced on 28 September 1918 : The recipient is recorded as having died of wounds on 4 October 1918, and is buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium : He was the son of George Hoff and Ellen Mary Hoff of 5 Fawcett Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, and was just 23 years of age at the time of his death : The CWGC. records only twenty-four Hampshire Yeomanry casualties as primary or secondary unit, the post 1917 casualties are not shown as originating from the Yeomanry.) : Very scarce group to a Hampshire Yeomanry casualty sold with lengths of folded unused original silk ribbons; verification; copy 1911 Census and CWGC. information : NEF - £875