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Person Details

HARE, Henry Robert

Memorials

Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Wooburn Green
Gender: Male
Date of death: 20/02/1918
Place of death: 21st or 48th Casualty Clearing Station, Ytres, France
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 27
CWGC Ref: 243894
TWGPP Ref: 3174686
Address: Keele Cottages Cookham Rise

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 5th Coy, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 16019
Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: 18817

Relatives

Father George HARE
Mother Sarah HARE (DIED 1943)
Sister Alice HARE
Brother Albert HARE
Brother William HARE
Brother Edward HARE
Sister Ethel HARE
Brother Arthur HARE
Wife Mrs G HARE

Additional information

Henry was born in 1890 and baptised on 11th January 1891 aged 3 or 4 months, in Wooburn Green. The Census of 1901 and 1911 shows him as a resident of Wooburn Moor/Wooburn Common. The 1891 census shows George Hare, 24 and Sarah Endall 23, both born in Wooburn and married around 1889. George Hare was a cutterman at one of the many paper mills in and around Wooburn - in the mid 19th century there were 32 papermills in the Wye Valley below High Wycombe. Henry became a paper maker /dryerman following after his father. He enlisted on 1st June 1915, a voluntary enlistment as conscription did not start until 1916. In 1917 he married Gladys Whitbread, who had been born in Forwallis Road, Maidenhead. They lived with her parents at Keele Cottage in Graham Road, Cookham Rise and after Henry's death Gladys continued to live there.
At first Henry joined the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry but by early 1918, he had transferred to the Infantry Division of the Machine Gun Corps. Henry was wounded at the Battle of Cambrai and taken to the 48th Casualty Clearing Station where he died on the night of 19th February 1918. The Matron wrote to the family and explained that he had been unconscious when he was brought in with severe wounds to the abdomen and thigh and "failed to rally." Henry is remembered at Rocquigny - Equancourt Road British cemetery, Manancourt, Plot X.D.I, south west of Cambrai.

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