They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Harvey William Hare


Able Seaman, V227, RCNVR


Born: 16 Jan 1919, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Died: 01 Dec 1940 at sea


Book of Remembrance


HARE, Harvey William, AB, V227, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Son of Kenneth W. and Beatrice Hare, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.


AB Hare was killed when HMCS SAGUENAY, while escorting convoy HG.47, was torpedoed by the Italian submarine Argo 300 miles west of Ireland. With her bows wrecked and 21 dead, SAGUENAY made Barrow-in-Furness largely under her own power, and was under repairs until 22 May 1941. His body was recovered and he was buried in Barrow, Lancashire, England on 14 Dec 1940.


Harvey's brother, Lester Kenneth Hare, was in the RCNVR serving in HMCS OTTAWA H60 when Harvey died.


Ships served in:

HALIFAX DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 27 Aug 1937

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 26 Jun 1938 for training until 23 Jul 1938

HMCS VENTURE - Served in VENTURE 25 Aug 1938 - 31 Aug 1938 for training

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 14 Aug 1939

* Commenced Active Service 01 Sep 1939

HMCS GASPE - Served in GASPE 01 Sep 1939 - 05 Feb 1940 as an OS and AB, RCNVR

* Rated AB 01 Sep 1939

HMCS VIERNOE - Served in VIERNOE 06 Feb 1940 - 28 Feb 1940

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 29 Apr 1940 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS SAGUENAY - Drafted to SAGUENAY 29 Apr 1940 as an AB, RCNVR







(HH01-HH02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2 (note: info on other drafts not listed on Cert. of Service came from other documents in the service file

(HH03) Report of Death

(HH04-HH05) Letters to AB Hare's father



Second World War Casualty Index