Biography of Private George Henry Hare (33949)
16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Also 15th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Died 31st July 1917

Soldier

  • Name: George Henry Hare
  • Date of birth: 1895
  • Place of Birth: Dunsby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1895
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Father

  • Name: John Hare
  • DOB: 1864
  • Place of Birth: Wigtoft, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farm horseman

Mother

  • Name: Sarah Sharp
  • DOB: 1861
  • Place Of Birth: Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1882 Spalding District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB

  • Mary Jane Hare, 1882, Pinchbeck
  • Elizabeth Hare, 1883, Quadring
  • William Sharp Hare, 1884, Dunsby (Died 1885 Age 0)
  • John William Hare, 1885, Dunsby (Died 1886 Age 0)
  • John Hare, 1887, Dunsby
  • Charles Hare, 1888, Dunsby
  • Walter Hare, 1890, Dunsby
  • Alice Ann Hare, 1892, Dunsby
  • Albert Hare, 1893, Dunsby (Died 1894 Age 0)
  • George Henry Hare, 1895, Dunsby
  • Ethel May Hare, 1896, Dunsby

Census

  • 1901: George is living with his parents in Dunsby, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: George is living with his parents in Dunsby Fen, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 15 and he is listed as a farm labourer.

Relatives in services

Marriage

  • No marriage for George has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Sheffield Daily Telegraph Wednesday 12th September 1917
    N.C.O.’S AND MEN
    KILLED
    SHERWOOD FORESTERS
    Hare (33949), G. H. (Spalding)

 

  • War Office Weekly casualty List September 18th 1917
    KILLED
    SHERWOOD FORESTERS. –
    Hare 33949 G. H. (Spalding)

 

  • Paper and date unknown
    HOW A PINCHBECK WEST SOLDIER DIED.
    In addition to the official notification of the death of Pte. G. H. Hare, as reported in the “Guardian” a fortnight ago, the following letter has been received by the parents from France:-
    To Mrs. Hare, East Dunsby, Pinchbeck.
    Dear Madam, I regret very much to have to inform you that your son, Pte. G. H. Hare, was killed in action on August 2nd.  He came successfully through the first three days of the big attack, but when holding the captured German line, and sheltering in a shell hole, was killed outright by German shell.  He was a good soldier, brave and cheerful, doing his duty well and keenly.  He died a fine soldier’s death.  I am deeply sorry, and send you my most sincere sympathy. – W. H. C. Bulkeley (Lieut), Sherwood Foresters.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private George Henry Hare, 33949, 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 31st July 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available

Effects Left To

  • Father John

Medals

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal

Memorials

  • UK:
  • Dunsby, Roll of Honour in All Saints Church

 

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In Memory of Private George Henry Hare, 33949, 16th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 31 July 1917 Age 21.
    Remembered with Honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

© Laura Keeran

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials
Jamie paying his respects to Gt Gt Uncle George
on the 100th anniversary of his death

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • George enlisted into the army in Bourne and was posted to the 15th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). This was a bantam Battalion made up of men under 5 feet 3 inches typically from mining or agricultural backgrounds. Although they were ordered to Egypt in late 1915, this was cancelled and their first overseas posting was in February 1916 to France where the Battalion fought in the Battle Somme

    George was posted to the 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, although it is not known exactly when this occurred. Typically a wounded soldier would upon regaining fitness, after a period of time, be posted to a Battalion where they were most in need of replacements.

    We can be sure that George was with the 16th Battalion in his final month as their diary mentions a new draft on the 15th June but none since.

    The 16th had move from the Ancre area of France in November 1916 into the Ypres Salient. Here they remained until the end of June 1917 when they were moved from the Hilltop Sector near the Ypres-Yser Canal, to Northern France. Once in Serques the Battalion underwent training in preparation for the big attack planned for the Ypres Salient.

    On the 21st / 22nd of July George along with his 16th Battalion, were moved by Motor Lorries and Motor Busses close to Poperinge and then marched to a rest camp near Wornhoudt. They remained bivouaced here until the 27th July.

    The next day they were moved back to their old stomping ground of the Hill Top Sector relieving the 6th Lincolnshires.

    The following is an extract from the Battalion Diary describing their movements in the lead up and on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele.

    30th July – Hill Top Sector
    The Battalion Assembled in our own front line trenches to assault the German Trenches and capture their front line system. A Company on the right front and B Company on the left front wire detailed to capture and consolidate the German front (red) and support (yellow) lines. Whilst C Company on the left passed through and went forward to capture and consolidate the German reserve line (Blue and Dotted Blue lines). The 11th battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment were on our right and 17th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps on our left.

    31st July – Hill Top Sector
    At 3.50am the artillery barrage opened and our four lines advanced to get as close under it as possible. The men followed closely and the objectives assigned to the Battalion were secured with little difficulty by A Company commanded by Captain C G Lord, B Company commanded by Captain P H Coleridge, C Company Commanded by Captain L H Askwith and D Company by Lieutenant T C O Williams.
    The enemy held these trenches lightly and only put up a weak resistance. During the advance the Battalion captured 120 prisoners and 2 machine guns. Advanced Battalion Headquarters were established in Camphor Trench (Reserve Line) and the consolidation of the Dotted Blue Line commenced.
    At 8.30am A Company was withdrawn for work under the 227th Field Company Royal Engineers for road construction.
    During the day the greater part of the Battalion was employed in carrying forward the Brigade dump and carrying forward SAA bombs, wire and water to the 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and 16th Battalion Rifle Brigade who had captured Kitchener’s Wood and the trench system up to the River Steenbeek.
    At 4.30pm C Company was sent up to reinforce the 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and came under command of the Officer Commanding that battalion. One Platoon of this Company was sent forward to the line of the River Steenbeck.
    About 9pm B Company was similarly sent up to reinforce this line 2nd Lieutenant A S Mellor was wounded whilst conducting a camping party to Kitchener’s Wood.

    At some point between Assembling in Hornby and Forward Trench at Zero minus 3 and the end of the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele (3rd Battle of Ypres), Private George Henry Hare was killed in action.

Sources

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (www.ancestry.co.uk)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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