Frank Charles GEORGE Hooper

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Laertes
Rank / Service No: Fireman
Died: 1st August 1917, aged 20 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


George was the fifth of 7 known siblings born to William Edward and Amelia Hooper (nee Holloway), who married in Southampton in 1887.

The couple had 9 children in total, so it must be assumed that a further two died in infancy.


The family lived at 6 Guildhall Terrace, Millbank Street, Northam and were at 49 Bond Street, Northam at the 1911 Census.


William was born in Amesbury in 1864 and he died in Southampton in 1923.

Amelia was born in Southampton in 1866 and she passed away in the city in 1925.



Florence Mary   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1888 Southampton

William Arthur   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 1973 Winchester   Married Lilian Haynes in Southampton in 1909.

Elsie Louisa b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1980 Gosport   Married William C. Diaper in Southampton in 1933.

Kate Beatrice M.   b. 1894 Southampton   d. 1980 Southampton Married Arthur H. Williams in Southampton in 1916.

Frank Charles GEORGE

Winifred NORAH   b. 1905 Southampton   d. 1977 Southampton Married William F. Broomfield in Southampton in 1966.

Edward Mabbett   b. 1908 Southampton   d. ??



SS Laertes was a cargo ship built in Newcastle in 1904. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war, to be used as a merchant vessel.


Laertes had managed to survive a U-boat torpedo and gun attack on 10 February 1915, off the Dutch coast.


On 1 August 1917, she was en route from Southampton in Montreal “in ballast” (no specific cargo).

Whilst off Prawle Point, Devon, she was torpedoed and sunk by UB-31.


14 crew lost their lives, including George.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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