Horrific Death of Skegness Soldier

Source: Skegness, Mablethorpe and Alford News
12 th September 1917
war graves (31)On Monday last Bandsman Percy Hare was instantly killed by the dropping of a bomb in the recent air raid on Chatham. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hare, of Aligatha Road, Skegness, and had been in the Royal Navy for about nine months. Until about a fortnight ago he was a ship’s cook, but had been transferred as a drummer in the Band of the Pipers. There were two bands in addition to other men billeted in the building and unfortunately both bands were annihilated. The parents were advised by wire last Wednesday and immediately proceeded to Chatham, and were granted permission to bring the body back to Skegness for burial. The deceased was a member of the Skegness Wesleyan Sunday School, and had occupied the position of Secretary for about two years prior to being called up and his death will be sincerely felt by many in the Wainsfleet and Skegness Circuit. On Saturday the funeral service was conducted by the Revs. S. Rathmell and Cowan in the Wesleyan Church. The coffin was of birch with heavy brass furniture, and on the breastplate was the following
Stephen Percy Hare,
Died September 3rd, 1917, Aged 20 years.
The service was choral, and ” Jesus is our Shepherd ” and ” By Cool Siloam’s rill ” was rendered by the choir, and at the close of the service. Miss Winifred Smyth, A. L. C. M., played the ” Dead March.”

Afterwards the remains were interred at S. Clements’s Churchyard amid the following mourners:-
Mr. and Mrs. H. Hare
Mr. and Mrs. J. Hare [ grandparents ] Mr. and Mrs. Neale [ grandparents ] Mr. Ernest Hare [uncle ]
Mr. and Mrs. W. Neale [ uncle]

Mr. Herbert Hare [ uncle ] Mr. and Mrs. George Neale Miss Hare, Miss Lettie Hare
Miss Nellie Hare, Miss Esther Hare
Mr. and Mrs. J. Green
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Green Mrs. And Miss Stephenson
and a number of sorrowing friends
Amongst the many handsome floral tributes were the following:-
In loving memory of our dear Percy from his Grandparents and Aunties, at 85 Lumley Road.
In affectionate remembrance from Grandpa and Grandma at Gosberton.
With deepest sympathy, from the Skegness Wesleyan Church officials and local preachers.
In loving memory of my dear Percy from Grace.
With deepest sympathy and loving memory and his friends at Trefusis.
In affectionate remembrance, from Mr. and Mrs. S. Chester and family.
With deepest sympathy from Uncle and Aunt and Harold and Grace.
Happy memories and loving thoughts from Clifford, Sheffield.
In affectionate remembrance and deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd and Cyril.
With deepest sympathy from his classmates.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Trevitt and Mary and Arthur.

In sincere and loving remembrance from Wesley Manse.

With love and deepest sympathy from Mrs. Stephenson.
With sympathy and condolence, from Ethel, Drummond Road.
In loving memory of Percy, from Babs, Drummond Road.
In loving memory and deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. J. Chapman.
In loving memory of our dear nephew, from his sorrowing Aunts and Uncles, Sheffield.
With deepest sympathy, from Miss Frampton.

15th September 1917
Among the Naval Ratings killed in the recent air raid by the Germans on Chatham we regret to record that a Skegness lad was among the victims. This was Percy Hare, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hare of Algitha-road. The deceased lad joined the Navy some months ago, and was stationed at Chatham undergoing training.
Prior to entering the Service, he assisted his father in the baking business. The family are well known in Skegness and neighbourhood and Mr. Hare has for several years been prominently identified with the Wesleyan cause locally, whilst his dead son was secretary of and teacher in the Skegness Wesleyan Sunday School and was also qualifying as a preacher in the circuit.

Full account of the air raid.


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