John Isaac Hartshorne (Jack) (1883–1946)


Canadian Expeditionary Force 57654 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Coy

Photo courtesy Carol Beadle

Photo of John Isaac Hartshorne

Biography [With thanks to Carol Beadle]
John Isaac, known as Jack, was born in March 1884. He worked as a limestone quarryman, living at Park Head, before emigrating to Canada from Liverpool on 15th March 1912 aboard SS Victorian. War was declared soon after he arrived in Canada so Jack enlisted at Toronto on 27th November 1914 aged thirty, an unmarried stoker. His papers stated the next of kin as his father Thomas Hartshorne of Georgetown, Ontario. He served with the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company and saw active service in France. During 1918 he suffered from trench fever He married Edith Parnham on 26th May 1917; she was the sister of George William Parnham who is also on the Crich Roll of Honour.
After the war Jack Hartshorne did not return to Canada but remained in Nottinghamshire where he worked at Glover’s Factory making elastic stockings. He died in 1946 aged sixty-three. He and Edith had no family.

Jon Isaac Harshorne and Edith Parnham

Jack and Edith

Jack Harshorne

Jack in Sunday best

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 17 August 1918
An interesting Colonial visitor to Crich this week is Sapper John Isaac Hartshorne. Sapper Hartshorne left Park Head, Crich, six years ago for Canada, where he took up farmwork and afterwards employed by the Consumers Gas Company for two years. On 28 August 1914, he had enlisted and was attached to the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company. He has been suffering from trench fever and has been in the south of France for 12 weeks. Before emigrating he was employed two years at the Harper Hill Quarries of the Buxton Lime Firms. Several other members of the family are serving with the Canadian forces in France.

John Isaac Hartshorne's brothers William Hartshorne and Thomas Hartshorne are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Parkhead, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas Hartshorne Head 42 Limestone quarryman Crich
Elizabeth Hartshorne wife 42   Ayr
Elizabeth Hartshorne daughter 19 Shirt machinist Crich
John Isaac Hartshorne son 18   Crich
Lily Hartshorne daughter 11   Crich
Mary Hartshorne daughter 8   Crich
Thomas Hartshorne son 5   Crich
William McFarland Hartshorne son 2   Crich

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1911: Parkhead, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Thomas Hartshorne Head 53 Stone delver Crich
Elizabeth Hartshorne wife 53   Ayr
Lily Hartshorne daughter 21 Domestic servant Crich
Mary Hartshorne daughter 18 Machinist hosiery mill Crich
Thomas Hartshorne son 15 Pony driver underground Crich
William Hartshorne son 12 Public school Crich
Frank Hartshorne son 8   Crich

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1939 Register: Main Street Carlton, Notts
John I Hartshorne b.3 March 1883; elastic hosiery machinist
Edith Hartshorne b.1September 1886