Image Credit (opposite) – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.
The son of Rev Walter Hoare, Walter junior followed in his father’s footsteps by attending Eton, where he made the XI in 1886, besides playing for their football team, and showing prowess at fives and athletics. He then went up to Cambridge and despite appearing in the 1889 Seniors Match he remained a fringe player with the Cambridge XI.
After coming down he went into the brewing business and became involved with the Red Lion Brewery in East Smithfield, but he maintained an interest in cricket by playing for Norfolk, the MCC, Free Foresters, and the Eton Ramblers. Indeed, in 1891 he struck a hundred for the Old Etonians against the Old Harrovians. His appearance for Glamorgan in 1901 against the South Africans stemmed from his presence in South Wales after a romance with Constance Hill, the sister of Vernon Hill and the daughter of Sir Edward Stock-Hill of Rookwood. The pair got married in 1897, with Walter subsequently joining Cardiff CC and continuing his training as a brewer.
After some decent performances for the town club, he was drafted into the county side for the match against the South Africans. He also acted as a Director of the Union Assurance Company besides overseeing the creation of Ingram House, a sizeable property in Stockwell which provided accommodation for up to 200 bachelors.
Walter later lived with Constance at Daneshill House in Basingstoke which was designed by award-winning architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. He also diversified his business interests into the operation of a nearby brickworks which provided the building blocks for the suburban expansion of Basingstoke either side of the Great War. During the hostilities, Walter served as a Captain in the 4th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment.
HOARE, Walter Robertson.
Born – Marlow Bucking, Hampshire, 27 October 1867.
Died – Lychpit, Dorset, 1 July 1941.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendly – 14 v South Africans at Cardiff Arms Park, 1901.