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Patrick O’Hare (1861-1926)

Patrick was born in 1861 in Newry, Down, his father, Owen, was 30 and his mother, Ann, was 35.

Patrick was a sergeant stationed at Sandown, Isle of Wight when he married local girl Elizabeth Florence Newbery (1866-) in 1888.

Patrick and Elizabeth had four sons:

  • Hugh Guy O’Hare (1890-1952)
  • James O’Hare (1891-1959)
  • Henry Michael O’Hare (1892-1917)
  • Cecil Charles O’Hare (1894-1961)

In 1901 the family were living at 7 Laing Street, Kirkwall, Orkney where Patrick was acting sergeant major of the Regiment Garrison.

In 1911 Patrick, an army pensioner and insurance agent, and Elizabeth, were living at 17 Fitzroy Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight.

By 1917, Patrick and Elizabeth were living at ‘Glen-Imaal’, St John’s Road, Sandown.

Patrick and Elizabeth moved to West Lulworth, Dorset in the early 1920s.

The family lived a 1 Hillside Villas, West Lulworth.

My earliest memories were of being given a ride in the hand barrow by my grandfather with the newspapers he was taking from our house at Hillside Villas to his shop opposite the Castle Inn.

Pat O’Hare (grandson of Patrick O’Hare)

Patrick died on 30 August 1926 in East Lulworth, Dorset, at the age of 65.

I can recall my Grandfather O’Hare dying. I must have been about four, nearly five. He had cancer in his throat and I remember he had to have his throat painted with iodine with a brush.

Pat O’Hare (grandson of Patrick O’Hare)

Hugh Guy O’Hare (1890-1952)

Hugh was born in 1890 at Macduff, Banffshire.

In 1911 Hugh was in the Royal Field Artillery stationed at Hilsea Barracks, Portsmouth.

Hugh married Florence Mary Hunt (1888-1959).

In 1922 Hugh and Florence were living at 22 East Lulworth. Hugh was listed in trade directories for West Lulworth as stationer in 1923 and 1927.

Hugh and Florence had the following children:

  • Michael J O’Hare (1919-2016)
  • Terence Hugh O’Hare (1922-2019)married
  • Kathleen Teresa (1925-2004)
  • Keith (living)married Ivy May Katheen Fackrell (1929–2013)

Hugh and Florence later moved to 82 Darbys Lane, Oakdale, Poole.

Hugh died on 1 November 1952 at High Street, Poole. His widow Florence died on 21 March 1959.

James O’Hare (1891-1959)

James was born in 1891.

James was listed in trade directories for West Lulworth as boot repairer in 1931 and as British Legion Club secretary in 1939.

James married Miriam “Holly” Powell (1897-1991).

  • Kenneth Andrew Patrick O’Hare (1920-2001) – married Alberta Leona Blodgett (1918-1992) in 1943 but divorced one year later
  • John Henry William O’Hare (1921-1997)John’s fiance Alwen May Evans (1924-1945) was in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and was sadly killed during WW2 in February 1945 John married Phyllis D Barker in 1946
  • Douglas (living)
  • Joseph Brinley O’Hare (1925-1925)sadly died aged just 11 weeks of a skin infection
  • David Brian O’Hare (1929-2002)married Sylvia (living)
  • Sheila (living)married John William Frampton (1934-2017)

Henry Michael O’Hare (1892-1917)

Henry was born at Kirkwall, Orkney in 1892.

In 1911 Hugh was in the Royal Field Artillery stationed at Hilsea Barracks, Portsmouth.

In June 1915 the London Gazette had an entry that No. 51784 Bombardier H O’HARE of the Royal Field Artillery was Mentioned in Despatches. He was awarded the Military Medal.

Henry was Killed in Action in France on 5 December 1917 aged 24.

Much regret is expressed at the death of Sergt. H.M. O’Hare, R.F.A., one of the four sons of Sergt. Major O’Hare of Glen-Imaal, St. John’s-road (three of whom are still serving), who has fallen on the Western Front. Sergt. O’Hare was in the R.G.A. when war broke out, having joined as a trumpeter. Later he transferred to the R.F.A. and was one of the first to be awarded the Military Medal. He was three times mentioned in despatches in 1915. He met his death while engaged in some particularly gallant, and dangerous work, as related in a letter which Mrs. O’Hare has received from Father B.J. Whiteside, a Roman Catholic chaplain serving with the division. Father Whiteside writes: “it is difficult to offer any mother solid consolation in afflictions like this, but perhaps a few lines from me, as the Catholic chaplain whose privilege it was to know Sergt. O’Hare very well and learn his splendid qualities as a soldier and a Catholic, may help to soothe your feelings. I have been attending the battery for many months, and when I visited the guns it was generally your own son, with his cheery smile and warm welcome, who helped me to find out the Catholics to give Absolution and Holy Communion; and again, when the men were further back, it was Sergt. O’Hare and his friend, Sergt. Holdsworth, who conducted the men to my Sunday Mass. It is only a Catholic chaplain who realizes what a very precious possession it is to have a good Catholic sergeant in a battery, and I have been very sincerely grateful for your son’s help many and many a time. It was naturally I who buried him. An officer and a large party of men accompanied the body. The full Catholic service was read, and the very impressive ‘last post’ was sounded by a trumpeter … Your boy was well prepared to meet his end. He has made the supreme sacrifice for us all, and without doubt God will give him a great reward for the good he has done. An officer of the battery came specially to tell me how your boy was killed, and asked me to tell you that the Major and the other officers consider Sergt. O’Hare’s death a tremendous loss. He was about the best and most willing N.C.O. they had, and they would rather that any N.C.O. had been killed than he. The incident which led to his death was typical of his sterling soldierly qualities. Some material lying near the ammunition had caught fire, and there was great danger of the ammunition blowing up, so Sergt. O’Hare called for volunteers to extinguish the fire. Four men went with him, and they succeeded in stopping the danger. However, some further danger remained, and Sergt. O’Hare then dismissed the volunteers and went himself, with an officer, removing the burning material. The Boches must have seen them in the open, for a shell came over and exploded near your son. He was mortally wounded in the back, was carried to shelter, and died cheerful to the end. God bless him for a brave soldier and a splendid example to the men. What to me is better praise than that from the officers is that the men and other N.C.O.s are very loud in their praise of him and spoke to me very sorrowfully and sadly. ‘The most popular sergeant in the battery,’ said one man. You ought to be very proud of your gallant boy, for if every British soldier were like him the war would have been won long ago. Officers will miss him, the men will miss him, and not least, the chaplain will miss him.” A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of his soul at the Catholic Church, Beachfield-road, on Friday, and on Sunday the Rev. Father Flynn prefaced his sermons with a few touching remarks, stating that on the previous Sunday the banns of the sergeant’s intended marriage were published for the third time. Now, by the inscrutable mystery of God’s providence, their joy was turned into sorrow.

Isle of Wight County Press, Saturday 22 December 1917, Page 5

Henry is commemorated on these memorials:

Cecil Charles O’Hare (1894-1961)

Cecil was born on 4 March 1894 in Kirkwall, Orkney.

Cecil married Cecilia Ellen Alex “Cissie” Finucane.

In September 1939 Cissie was living at Bishop’s Cottage where she was a boarding house proprietess.

Cecil and Cissie had five children:

  • Margaret Mary Elizabeth ‘Peggy’ O’Hare (1920-2006)married Bernard Leigh Tinsley (1910-2003) and had two sons, David and Hugh
  • Patrick John O’Hare (1922-2018)married Kathleen Joyce Wallen (1921-2000) and had a daughter Josephine and son Tim
  • Peter (living)married Margaret Erica Nash (1931-2011)
  • Eileen Gertrude ‘Betty’ O’Hare (1924-1994) married Maurice Martin and had two daughters
  • Donald Francis O’Hare (1926-1993)

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