Hare, John Alexander (No. 17832)

Hare, John Alexander (John)

Lance Corporal

No. 17832, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 19)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 & 162 to 162A & 163A)

Comber and District War Memorial

Second Comber Presbyterian Church


In some records his surname is spelt Haire.

John Alexander Hare was born on 25 October 1897 in the townland of Magherascouse, Ballygowan and he was a son of James and Margaret Anna (Maggie) Hare (nee Snodden) who were married on 10 July 1895 in Second Comber Presbyterian Church.  James Hare from Ballykeigle was a son of James Hare, a labourer.  Maggie Snodden from Magherascouse was a daughter of Alexander Snodden, a labourer.

The Hare family lived in the townlands of Magherascouse and Ballylisbredan and in Killinchy Street Comber.

James Hare worked as a labourer and he and Maggie had at least three children:

Agnes (Aggie, born 28 May 1896 in Magherascouse)

John Alexander (born 25 October 1897 in Magherascouse)

James (born 12 June 1903 in Ballylisbredan)

John Alexander Hare enlisted in Comber and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  He was killed in action at Langemarck during the Third Battle of Ypres.

Lance Corporal John Alexander Hare (No. 17832) has no known grave and he is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial as John A Hare; on the Memorial Plaque in Second Comber Presbyterian Church as John Haire and in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Second Comber Presbyterian Church as James Hare.