John Clare Hoadley was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies in 1895. The son of John and Miriam Elizabeth Hoadley. He boarded at Lord Williams’s Grammar School, Thame from 1906 to 1911. By this time his father had died and the family were living in Ealing, Middlesex. In June 1914 he was appointed as an examiner in the Tax office in London.
John joined the Royal Engineers in 1915 and gained quick promotion to Corporal working in the Special Brigade but in France on 24th August 1916 he was killed instantaneously on the bursting of a German shell as he and a chum were going up the trenches to superintend some work there. In his will he left everything to his sister Elsie Margaret Hoadley.
John is buried in Sailly-au-Bois Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and remembered in Thame on the Lord Williams’s School Memorial Board. He is also commemorated on the Port of Spain Cenotaph, Trinidad and on the memorial board of the Exchequer and Audit Department of the Tax Office in London.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Sailly-au-Bois Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France on 12th May 2015 by Mr Neil Davies (Old Tamensian)