The research for this blog post was completed by work experience student, Erik Regan.
Ronald Herbert Hoole was born in Wolverley, Worcestershire, in 1891. Leonard Alexander Hoole was born in 1893. These were the sons of Alexander and Lizzie Hoole, and they were living with their widowed mother in Albrighton, Shropshire, in 1901, and in Reigate, Surrey, in 1911. Both attended Wolverhampton Grammar School, Ronald from January 1907 until July 1908. Whilst there, he played football and cricket. He later worked for the Inland Revenue.
Ronald enlisted as Second Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion of the Royal West Surrey Regiment (The Queen’s). He was killed in action on 21 August 1916 in France, and the value of his effects was £2898 11s. 10d.
Leonard chose a military career and was undergoing his training when war broke out. He joined the Public Schools’ Battalion before being attached to the Royal Fusiliers as a Lance Corporal (service number PS/5043). He was killed in action on 20 July 1916. On the day of the battle he was detailed as a stretcher-bearer, a duty which he performed without any thought of the risk to himself. He was killed “while in the act of administering succour to one of his wounded comrades.”
Both men were featured in the Midland Counties Express on 23 Deceber 1916. Ronald is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial and Leonard is buried at Serre Road Cemetery No 2 in France.