John Robert Harrison (1891–1968)


Royal Field Artillery 185959 102 Battery; A 58 Brigade

Photos courtesy Nigel Harrison

John Robrt Harrison

John Robert Harrison

John Robert Harrison

Robert worked as a horse driver for most of his working life. Enlisting in 1915, he entered France as a signaller in 1917 and was posted to the 58th Brigade. In 1918 he was posted to the UK for disposal as a ‘pivotal man’, which was a class whose early release was deemed essential for the resumption of civilian industry.

He married Mary Edna Isabella MARTIN in 1922. In the marriage entry in the Register he is aged 30 and a horse driver from Bullbridge with father John, a labourer. His wife was sister to Herbert Wilfred MARTIN and Ernest MARTIN.
[With thanks to Prunella Bradshaw]

John Robert Harrison and his wife Mary Edna

John Robert Harrison (1891–1968) and his wife Mary Edna Isabel (1896–1948)

Army Service Record
Enlisted Dec 1915; address Bull Bridge; aged 24 years 2 months; working as a horse driver; unmarried. Address for pay was Bullbridge; born 1891; posted gunner 2/11/16;. Admitted to hospital 2/10/17; To France 11/6/17; signaller; embarked ss Princess Victoria 27/4/18; discharged 7/1/19
Discharged under Para 392 (XXVIII)

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals


1901: Ambergrove

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Harrison Head 34 Stocking maker Crich
Harriett Harrison wife 34   Crich
Kate Harrison daughter 14 Runner on hosiery Crich
Susanah Harrison daughter 13 Pant and shirt mender Crich
John Robert Harrison son 9   Crich
Lucy Harrison daughter 1   Crich
Mary H Harrison daughter 12   Crich

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1911: Bullbridge

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Harrison Head 45 General labourer Crich
Harriett Harrison wife 46   Crich
Kate Harrison daughter 24 German seamstress Crich
Susanah Harrison daughter 23 Pant and shirt mender Crich
Mary Hannah Harrison daughter 22 Shirt and pant ribber Crich
John Robert Harrison son 19 Horse driver Crich
Lucy Harrison daughter 11   Crich
Elizabeth Harrison daughter 8   Crich

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1918 Voters List
John Robert Harrison, Bull Bridge; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Sawmills
John R Harrison b.9 October 1891; horse attendant
Mary E I Harrison b.15 July 1896
Robert I Harrison b.17 January 1927