Frederick Tom Hares

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Gunner

Service No:           62666

Unit:                     106th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

 

 Frederick was born in St George in 1894; he was the 1st son of Tom and Alice Hares.  A 7 year old schoolboy in 1901 he was living with his parents & Siblings at 78 Bryants Hill St George; his father was a clicker in the boot trade.  At the time of the 1911 census he remains with his family at Bryants Hill & his occupation is recorded as a printing lithography apprentice.

Fred’s Short Service attestation was dated 3rd November 1915, his service began at Fort Brockhurst Gosport on 4th Nov. 1915 .On 13 Jan 1916 Frederick was posted to 106th Siege Battery. Siege batteries were equipped with heavy howitzers that launched high explosive shells in a high trajectory.  On the 11th April 1917,  23 year old, Tom died of wounds sustained in battle on the Somme.

Frederick is buried and remembered with honour at the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

Image by kind permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Among Fred’s personal effects returned to his family were two religious medallions. Fred was awarded the British War Medal & Victory medal these were received by his father, Tom, on 1st September 1921, the death plaque and scroll having been issued in 1919. 

 References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.