B. C. Hoft
Service no. 10050
Private, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 10th Battalion
Born in Lambeth; enlisted in Battersea
Died of wounds at around age 19 on 7 May 1916
Remembered at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France
Information from the 1911 census
Bertie Hoft and his brother Hermann Hoft (who served in the war and survived) were sons of Hermann Hoft. Hermann Senior, 47, worked as a syrup maker for a mineral water factor. He was born in Germany. His wife, Christiana Hoft, 48, was born in St George’s, London. They had 6 children:
Christiana M. Hoft, 21
Hermann L. Hoft, 19, a van guard in the mineral water factory
James F. Hoft, 17, a builder’s labourer
George C. Hoft, 15, a machine cleaner in a tobacco factory
Bertie C. Hoft, 13, at school and working as a newsboy
Lilian M. Hoft, 10
All were born in Lambeth.
Two boarders lived with the family: Elizjah Gathercole, 22, a single baker from Brandon, Norfolk, and William E. Wright, 32, a married butcher from Newbury, Berkshire.
Information from the 1901 census
In 1901 the family lived at 65 Bond Street, Lambeth.