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Hooper, Leonard John (1894-1916)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Leonard John Hooper (1894-1916), born 7 October 1894 at Blackheath Hill, London, fourth and youngest son of the Rev. Samuel Fry Hooper and Maud Hooper of Lydlinch Rectory, Sturminster Newton, Dorset.


Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1908-July 1913; 6th form; 1st XV rugby football team 1911, 1912. Appears as 'Armour' in A.R. Waugh's semi-autobiographical novel about Sherborne School, 'The Loom of Youth' (1917)

Characters of the XV (1911-1912) (The Shirburnian, April 1912):

‘L.J. HOOPER (1911-12). A very promising forward. Has all the qualifications for a really fine player, except confidence and experience.’

Characters of the XV (1912-1913) (The Shirburnian, April 1913):

‘L.J. HOOPER (1911-12-13). Another really good forward. Plays for all he is worth right through every game. A faster dribbler than Blair and almost his equal in other respects.’


Attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

‘Cambridge Letter’ (The Shirburnian, December 1913):

‘L.J. Hooper has his 1st XV Colours at Emmanuel.’

‘Cambridge Letter’ (The Shirburnian, July 1914):

‘L.J. Hooper has been observed with an O.S. blazer, a tennis racquet, and an air of lassitude.’

‘In Cambridge Now’ (The Shirburnian, April 1915):

‘L.J. Hooper (Emm.) spent a very strenuous month in training at Pembroke, which is now used as a staff college for officers in embryo.’


WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Dorsetshire Regiment, 7th (S.) Bn; attached 5th Bn. Served in Gallipoli, was at the evacuation of Sulva Bay and afterwards in Egypt. Killed near Mouquet Farm on the Somme on 26 September 1916.


Commemorated at:

Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, II. A. 44,%20LEON...


Emmanuel College, Cambridge, war memorial


Lydlinch Church, Dorset, on a war memorial plaque in the church porch and by a stained glass window.


Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance. Rev. S.F. Hooper and family donated £50 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial, in memory of 'Jack'.


Obituary (The Shirburnian, November 1916):

‘HOOPER. Second Lieutenant L.J. Hooper, Dorset Regiment, who was killed on September 26th, was a member of the football team for two years. When war broke out he was at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and was preparing for scholastic work. He was at the evacuation of Suvla Bay and afterwards in Egypt. He proceeded to another front last July, and was killed 12 days before his 22nd birthday. He was the fourth and youngest son of the Rev. S. F. and Mrs. Hooper, of Lydlinch Rectory, Sturminster Newton.’

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