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Name: Dennis Hoare Service Number: F/44046 Rank: Trooper Service: 29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment (South Alberta Regiment), Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Date of Birth: April 7, 1925 Place of Birth: Springhill, Cumberland County, NS Date of Enlistment: August 31, 1943 Place of Enlistment: Kentville, Kings County, NS Address at Enlistment: Springhill, Cumberland County, NS Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Trade: Printer’s apprentice Marital Status: Single Religion: Church of England Next of Kin: Nellie Hoare (Mother) Springhill, NS Date of Death: October 28, 1944 Age at Death: 19 Cemetery: Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery Grave Reference: 4. G. 5. Commemorated on page 336 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on July 20 Dennis was the son of George Fredrick Hoare (1903-1986) and of Nellie (Williamson) Hoare of Springhill, Nova Scotia. His mother was born in Failsworth, England; his father in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, England. George was serving with the Canadian Army Overseas when Dennis enlisted. Sapper George Frederick Hoare (Service Number F-91772) was with the Base Park Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers overseas. Dennis had two younger brothers, Ivan (1929-2008) and Donald (1933-2006), and a younger sister Ellen (1937-2013). He had been working as a Printer’s apprentice in the newspaper office of the Springhill Record for two years at the time of his enlistment. Prior to enlistment, he served as a Sergeant in the reserves with the 2nd Battalion of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, A Wing, with officers noting, “He has had very good success in the Reserve Army for his age.” His enlistment records indicate he played softball, baseball, and enjoyed hunting and fishing; spent a good deal of his spare time studying various methods of signalling; reads adventure stories and animal stories. His records also indicated that he had “superior learning ability. This is a dependable, conscientious young man. He has a good physical and fairly dynamic physical qualities. His motivation leave little to be desired. He has studied various types of signalling and has acquired a fair degree of proficiency in keyboard and visual signalling.” Dennis Hoare served in Canada August 31, 1943 to October 2, 1944, in England from April 30 to October 3, 1944, and was transferred from England to North West Europe October 4, 1944. He was Killed in Action in Holland October 28.
Image: A Trooper of the 29th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment