Hoare, Perry James

Rifleman Perry James Hoare
Rifleman Perry James Hoare

SA12728 Rifleman Perry James (PJ) Hoare was born 2 August 1940 on Pelee Island, Ontario, son of Edgar James and Irma Ruth Hoare of Leamington, Ontario and brother of Philip J. Hoare.

He enlisted in London, Ontario with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada on 7 January 1958 and following graduation from the Regimental Depot in June 1958, served with both Regular Battalions of the Regiment.

He died 14 August 1965 aged 25, when his jeep overturned near Morphou In northwest Cyprus. At the time of his death he was serving with Support Company, 1st Battalion as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).  He was buried with full military honours on 17 August in the Dhekelia Garrison British Military Cemetery (Plot 3, Row 8, Grave 18.)

Honours and Awards:

  • Special Service Medal with NATO Bar
  • Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (Posthumous)
  • United National Forces in Cyprus Medal
  • Dag Hammarskjöld Medal (Posthumous)
Newspaper clipping re death of Rfn Perry Hoare in Cyprus, 13 August 1965
Newspaper clipping re death of Rfn Perry Hoare in Cyprus, 13 August 1965
Funeral procession for Rifleman Perry Hoare in Cyprus.
Funeral procession for Rifleman Perry Hoare in Cyprus.

Hoare, P J Funeral in Cyprus 2

Hoare, Perry coffin into chapel

Funeral of Rifleman P.J. Hoare in Cyprus, August 1965
Firing party at the funeral of Rifleman P.J. Hoare in Cyprus, August 1965
Graves of Rifleman P.F. Hoare, Dhekelia, Cyprus
Graves of Rifleman P.F. Hoare, Dhekelia, Cyprus
Former Queens Own Ed Widenmaier and Kevin Hollahan visit  Grave of Rifleman P.J. Hoare in Cyprus March 2014
Former Queens Own Ed Widenmaier and Kevin Hollahan visit grave of Rifleman P.J. Hoare in Cyprus March 2014

8 thoughts on “Hoare, Perry James”

  1. No I have not sorry. As a kid I remember driving to Peelee Island with my family to look for his parents to return the I.D. but my Dad had no success. How are you related and were do you live? Kirk

  2. Perry was friends with my father William McDonald and the night he passed away he borrowed some rings from my father since he was going out on the town that night in exchange for his I.D. which I still have. Wondering if any family is around. Thanks

  3. My father, Gordon Edward Latta knew Perry Hoare. They were both in the QOR at the same time. My father was in Cypress at the same time Perry passed away and he helped prepare Perry’s gear/kit for burial as he was the NCO in charge that day… he says it was a very sad day 😢

      1. I also was friends with him and just missed being him as I had an early morning run. RIP Perry

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