Hoy, F W
FREDERICK WILLIAM HOY
Remembered with honour Portsmouth Naval Memorial: Panel 8.
He enlisted 12 July 1901 for a period of 12 Years: a factory hand, 5’4½” tall, a Stoker 2nd Class. He was promoted to Stoker 1st Class May 1906, Acting Leading Stoker 6 March 1912, Leading Stoker 31 October 1912, and Petty Officer Stoker September 1915. He was killed when E20 was sunk by a torpedo fired from the German submarine UB-14. The torpedo hit the conning tower and sank the submarine with the loss of 21 men. His body was not recovered for burial; his widow of Watford was notified of his death. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals.
Son of Martha Jane (nee AYRES) HOY of Watford and the late Frederick James HOY; husband of Hilda CUTLER (formerly HOY, nee WALKER) of Watford.
His parents married 20 October 1878 at Holy Trinity, Marylebone Road, London. Frederick died 1908 in St Pancras, London, aged 50, and was buried 12 September in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Martha died 1918 in Watford aged 59, and was buried 20 April, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Frederick was born 16 November 1884 at Regent’s Park, London, and baptised 1 January 1885 at Stanhope Street Methodist Chapel, Regent’s Park. He attended Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 2 September 1895 to 4 March 1897. He married 1906 in the Watford district; they had five children. He resided in Watford. Hilda remarried 1919 in the Watford district to Frederick CUTLER, she died 9 February 1961 in St Alban’s, Herts, aged 76, and was buried 14 February in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
On the 1891 Census, aged 5 he lived in St Pancras, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1901 Census, a gardener’s boy aged 16, he lived in Watford, with his parents and seven siblings. On the 1911 Census, a Stoker Royal Navy aged 26 he lived in Gosport, Hants, with his wife and two children.
RankPetty Officer Stoker
UnitH.M. Submarine E20
Date of death05/11/1915
Age at death31
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)