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pierre
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Posted - 22/08/2020 :  11:01:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many thanks to Dalex41 for kindly sending in the below

Dalex41 added:

"The Red Arrows were in South Wales last weekend and it brought back fond memories of my late dear friend Francis J. Hoare (1941-1999 ) who was a very proud Tredegar boy and excelled exceedingly well during his time in the RAF. Iíve attached some information regarding Francis and would be obliged if you put it on the Tredegar Website for those who may have known Francis and anyone else interested."




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milkman
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Posted - 22/08/2020 :  11:56:57 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes I knew Francis a little (he was some years younger than me).
He was known as Frank in the RAF. He flew with the Arrows and later commanded them.
He was laer a Group Commander and CO of RAF Coningsby (Lincs) which was the leading Jaguar base in UK.
I was visiting the flying museum at Staverton (Glos) and happened to speak to an ex- Arrows engineer.
I mentioned Francis and his comment was "A Gentleman". No further comment needed.
I believe his wife is a Tredegar girl and did survive him
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dalex41
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Posted - 24/08/2020 :  14:51:19 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Francis married Jean Jackson in July 1965 the three of us were in the same form (started 1952) in the Grammar School and I believe her father may have been the manager of the Tredegar Brickworks. She had an older sister named Margaret who was several forms above us in school. The last time I saw Jean and her sister was in a school reunion in 2002 just 3 years after Francis died and I presume she is still alive living somewhere in England.
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Alan Lloyd
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Posted - 02/12/2021 :  12:28:02 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dalex41

Francis married Jean Jackson in July 1965 the three of us were in the same form (started 1952) in the Grammar School and I believe her father may have been the manager of the Tredegar Brickworks. She had an older sister named Margaret who was several forms above us in school. The last time I saw Jean and her sister was in a school reunion in 2002 just 3 years after Francis died and I presume she is still alive living somewhere in England.



I was very sad to read of the death of Frank Hoare (always known at school as 'Lanky' because of his prodigious height). His parents ran the children's home in Park Row next to the cottage hospital. I knew his mother slightly (a formidable lady). He had a younger sister called Elizabeth who was also a pupil at the Grammar School. I hardly knew Lanky - I was a year ahead of him. However, I did know Jean a little. She was a slight, dark-haired girl who sometimes joined us for a chat in the Sixth Form room (Dai Geog's place) before school started in the morning. Her sister Margaret was a couple of years older. I met her a couple of times. She was quite different in build and appearance and a very pleasant person.

Edited by - Alan Lloyd on 02/12/2021 12:38:54
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Peregrine Honeydew
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Posted - 02/12/2021 :  18:37:29 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Presented us with our O level certs at Prize Giving 1978. Tredegar Comprehensive. Most important person I'd met at that time. "Shake with the right, take with the left". Hell of a nice chap.
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ike
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Posted - 12/12/2021 :  17:40:45 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I new Frank Hoare father. He came to help out whilst 11th Tredegar Scout Group. were camping at Llangasty in August 1944. Mr Hoare was manager of the Cottage Homes, a tall moustached stern looking gentleman. There were several boys from the homes in our scout group. I well remember him telling me to clean the fat out the frying with tuffed of grass before washing the pan .Strange how simple comments remain in ones memory!!

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