Joseph Hartshorne (1891–1971)

Acting Corporal

Royal Garrison Artillery 72906 135 Siege Battery

Born in about 1890, Joseph was a grocer’s assistant who was over six feet tall. He attested at Matlock in December 1915, under Lord Derby’s scheme, aged twenty-four. In October 1917 he married Beatrice Annie Price at St Mary’s Church, Crich. The Reverend W. Bunting (who was to die of influenza on Armistice Day 1918) officiated. He embarked from Folkestone on August 1916, but was given leave home in October 1917, which is when he married Beatrice Annie Prince. His daughter, Joan (later Wragg), became the well-known local historian at Crich. He returned home for demob in 1919 and worked as a timekeeper for the LMS Railway.

St Marys Marriage Register
31 October 1917: Joseph Hartshorne, 26 grocer now in HM Forces (son of Joseph Hartshorne, miner) married Beatrice Annie Prince 25 (daughter of William Prince, wire drawer.)

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

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier, 22 March 1919
Amongst Crich soldiers at present on leave from France and Belgium are Ptes. Sydney Harrison (Roes Lane), and Cpl. J. Hartshorne (Browns Hill). Pte Charles Ludlam (Mill Green) is on hospital leave.

Derbyshire Courier, 20 September 1919
Bombardier Joseph Hartshorne of Bowns Hill, Crich, arrived home on Saturday after being demobilised. He had had three and a half years in the Army, the whole of this period, with the exception of three months training, being spent in France.

Army Service Record
Joseph attested 08/12/15 at Matlock; called up under Lord Derby's scheme (born 1890). He was a single grocer's assistant aged 24 years 6 months, giving his address as c/o S. Oldknow, Crich. His height was 6ft 0½in and weight 143lb; a Congregationist. Next of kin was his father Joseph Harshorne of Stoneyford Rd Sutton in Ashfield. Later this was amended to Mrs B A Hartshorne, Bowns Hill, Crich; he married Beatrice Annie Prince 31/10/17 by Revd W. Bunting at Crich St Mary's (witnesses were W. Prince and M.G. Wass).
19/08/16 Embarked Folkstone
28/03/17 appointed a/bombadier
23/10/17 to 02/11/17 leave to UK
03/11/17 appointed paid acting bombadier
05/11/17 returned from leave, in the field
28/02/18 confirmed rank of bombadier
29/05/18 to 08/06/18 leave to UK via Boulogne
11/06/18 rejoined from leave
11/11/18 appointed acting corporal
13/03/19 to 27/03/19 leave to UK
13/05/19 posted to Army RAR
06/09/19 to UK for demob.

Bowns Hill Crich 12/11/17, Bombadier J Hartshorne 72906
To Regimental Paymaster, Dover
Dear Sir, Please note that I was married on 31/10/17 to the above named, who is serving with the 135 (S) Bty, he is making an allotment on my behalf of 6d a day from 31/10/17 date of marriage, marriage certificate herewith enclosed trusting you willl return the same. Payee Mrs Beatrice A Hartshorne

May 1919
Sir, I directed to ask you to forward to this department a statement showing–
Where No 72906 Corporal J Hartshorn RGA is at present stationed, and
His home address
For Director General of Mobilization

The reply stated he was in France & Flanders and gave home address as Bowns Hill, Crich.

Joseph Hartshorne's brothers William Harshorne, Wilfred Hartshorne and Isaac Hartshorne are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Hartshorne Head 40 Limestone quarryman Crich
Clara Hartshorne wife 36   Crich
James C Hartshorne son 11 School Crich
Joseph Hartshorne son 9 School Crich
Isaac Hartshorne son 7 School Crich
William Hartshorne son 4   Crich
Wilfred Hartshorne son 2   Crich

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1911: Near the church, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Hartshorne Head 50 Limestone quarryman Crich
Clara Hartshorne wife 46   Crich
James Conrad Hartshorne son 21 Limestone quarryman Crich
Joseph Hartshorne son 19 Shop assistant, grocers Crich
Isaac Hartshorne son 17 Pony driver pit Crich
William Hartshorne son 14 Pony driver pit Crich
Wilfred Hartshorne son 12 School Crich
Annie Eliza Hartshorne daughter 9 School Crich
Roda Hartshorne daughter 5 School Crich

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1939 Register: The Common, Crich
Joseph Hartshorne b.17 June 1891; Railway Maintenance Staff & Timekeeper
Beatrice A Hartshorne b.12 December 1892
Joan E Wragg (Hartshorne) b.28 January 1923; German Seamer Hosiery
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