Charles Alfred John Earnshaw (1878–1957)


Royal Field Artillery 152635 38th Reserve & 40th Reserve Battalions

Photos courtesy Joyce Harrison

Charles Earnshaw

Charles was born in Sheffield in 1878 to Charles and Maria Earnshaw. His father was an engineers’ accountant Charlesbecame a commercial artist and worked as a clerk. He married Minnie Lovick on 19 November 1906 at Derby and relocated to Whatstandwell from where he enlisted in May 1916 aged thirty-nine. In 1911 he was the chief costs clerk in an engineering works but on joining the army he stated he was an artist.He was posted as a gunner with the Royal Field Artillery though didn’t see overseas service. He was discharged with a Silver War Badge on health grounds suffering from rheumatism in March 1918 and later became secretary of the Crich branch of the National Federation of Discharged Soldiers and Sailors.


Charles Earnshaw

Charles in later life with his Silver War Badge on his lapel

Silver War Badge
152635 Gnr Earnshaw Charles Alfred John 40 Res Bty, B116609. enlisted 27/5/16, discharged 29/3/18, aged 40 sickness, no overseas service

Army Pension Record
Charles enlisted at Derby on 27 May 1916 aged 39 years 7 months, height 5ft 8½in; weight 128lb; brown eyes, hair turning grey; address 2 Derwent Villa Whatstandwell. His wife was Minnie Isabel Earnshaw (née Lovick), married 19 November 1906 at New Church, Babbington Lane, Derby. He gave his occupation as artist and religion as C of E. The record shows that his father died 28 December 1916.
27/5/16 Attested
28/5/16 To Army Reserve
7/8/18 Mobilized
9/8/16 Posted to RFA No.1 Depot as gunner
20/3/17 Posted to 38 R Bty.
14/8/17 Posted as gunner to No. 1 Cadet School
19/8/17 Authy Records
30/11/17 to 11/12/17 In hospital with piles
Posted 40th Res. Bty
29/3/18 Discharged under Para 392 xvi KR
Home 27/5/15 until 29/3/18
Discharged as medically unfit with rheumatism and piles; disability permanent at less than 20%. He was awarded £27 10s 0d; 8s from 08/10/19 with no grounds for further pension.


1901: Romford

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Alfred Earnshaw Head 45 Engineers accountant and cashier Sheffield
Maria May Earnshaw wife 40   Chatham
Charles A J Earnshaw son 22   Sheffield
Maria Jones mother in law 76   Old Brompton

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1911: Harrington Street, Derby

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Alfred John Earnshaw Head 32 Chief Cost Clerk, engineering works Sheffield
Minnie Isabel Earnshaw wife 26   Derby
Mary Ward aunt (single) 71   Loughboro'
Ellen Wright servant 50 General servant Ashbourne

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1939 Register: Springbank, Whatstandwell
Charles W Earnshaw b.29 August 1878; correspondence manager, hair restorer mail orders
Minnie Earnshaw b.8 July 1884

[Note: in 1939 Charles was employed by Frederick Godfrey's hair restorer business.]