No. 64344, 150th Field Company, Royal Engineers, 36th (Ulster) Division
Died in service on Tuesday 29 May 1917 (aged 43)
Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France (Grave III. B. 182)
Roll of Honour, Megain Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast (as Haire)
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Joseph Hare was born in Comber and enlisted in Belfast.
In some records his surname is spelt Haire.
Joseph Hare was born at 1.50 am on 19 February 1874 in the townland of Drumhirk, Kilmood and he was a son of Robert and Susanna Hare (nee Thompson). His twin brother, William Hare, was born at 1.30 am on 19 February 1874. At attestation in February 1915 Joseph Hare declared that he was 37 when he was in fact 41.
Robert Hare and Susanna Thompson were married on 26 February 1857 in First Killinchy Presbyterian Church. Robert Hare, a farmer from Drumhirk, was a son of Robert Hare, a farmer. Susanna Thompson (aged 20) from Ballydrain was a daughter of John Thompson, a farmer.
Joseph Hare worked as a carpenter/joiner and he and Mary Ann Brown were married on 6 November 1895 in Dundela Presbyterian Church Belfast. Joseph Hare from 14 Laburnum Street, Belfast was a son of Robert Hare, a farmer. Mary Ann Brown from 322 Newtownards Road, Belfast was a daughter of Henry Brown, an iron moulder.
Joseph and Mary Ann Hare (nee Brown) had at least nine children:
Susannah (born 20 June 1896 at 24 Bright Street, Belfast)
Joseph Henry (born 14 April 1898 at 34 Bread Street, Belfast)
William John (born 18 August 1900 at 26 Hornby Street, Belfast)
Agnes Jane (born 25 July 1903 at 3 Lena Street, Belfast)
Margaret Courtney (Maggie, born 20 November 1905 at 27 Stoneyford Street, Belfast)
Mary Ann (born 1 March 1908 at 15 Chamberlain Street, Belfast)
James (born 11 June 1910 at 29 Stoneyford Street, Belfast)
Alexander (born 25 November 1912 at 29 Stoneyford Street, Belfast)
Robert James (born 6 May 1915 at 29 Stoneyford Street, Belfast)
Joseph Hare enlisted in Antrim on 16 February 1915, and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 7½ inches tall.
Sapper Joseph Hare served with 150th Field Company Royal Engineers in the 36th (Ulster) Division and he died of a neck wound on 29 May 1917 during preparations for the Battle of Messines.
Sapper Joseph Hare (No. 64344) died in No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station in France and was buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in Megain Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast (as Haire) and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 252).