George Hoey was the son of James and Rachel Hoey. George was born in Moy, County Tyrone about 1876. He lived in the Banbridge area. George was married with six children. Rifleman George Hoey was killed in action in France & Flanders on 23rd October 1916 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. He was killed when apparently attempting to rescue a wounded officer somewhere in the area of Le Bouefs and Morval.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"