William McFarlane Hartshorne (1898–1935)


Canadian Expeditionary Force 663447 164th Batallion

Derbyshire Courier, 23 August 1913

William Hartshorne

William was a collier who, in 1913. with his family immigrated to Canada, settling at Glen Williams, Ontario. He enlisted in the CEF in 1916, arrived in England in 1917 and then entered France in 1918. After demob he moved to the USA and married Elizabeth in Alabama during 1927. He died in America, and has a memorial stone at Halton Hills Cemetery, Ontario.

Photo Velda Olding

Headstone to the Hartshorne family in Ontario


DIED JUNE 16 1927

DIED FEB. 25 1938

DIED MAY 11 1925
1898 - 1925

This headstone is located in Glen Williams Cemetery at Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada. It commemorates members of the Hartshorne family from Crich, who immigrated to Canada shortly before the start of the First World War. The senior Thomas Hartshorne (1858-1927) and his third wife, Elizabeth McFarlane (c1859-1938), immigrated to Canada in 1913 along with three sons and two daughters. An older son of Thomas – John Isaac (Jack) Hartshorne – had immigrated to Canada the previous year, though he returned to live in England following the war. Thomas Hartshorne (1895-1925) and William McFarlane Hartshorne (1898-1935) both served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War and are commemorated on the Roll of Honour inside Crich Parish Church, along with their older brother, Jack, who also served with the CEF. As Thomas and William both passed away in America, it is possible that they are not interred in this grave, despite their names being commemorated on the memorial. The headstone contains an error: the year of death for William Hartshorne should read '1935', not 1925.
[Thanks to Simon Johnson]

Canadian Attestation Papers
Enlisted 2 March 1916; William McFarlane Hartshorne; Glenwilliams, Ontario; born Crich, Derbyshire; next of kin Mrs Elizabeth Hartshorne, mother; born December 8th 1897; a spinner; unmarried; height 5ft 2in; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair; C of E

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 23 August 1913
Mrs Thos. Hartshorne and her two sons, of Park Head, Crich, sailed yesterday (Friday) for Canada. Mr Hartshorne, with one son and two daughters, went out in March, and will meet the latest emigrants on their arrival.

newspaper report of Crich Hartshorne emigrating to Canada 1913

[Notes: Simon Johnson]
The photograph features Elizabeth Hartshorne (née McFarlane) and her two youngest children, William McFarlane Hartshorne (1898-1935) and Frank Briddon Hartshorne (1902-1972). They departed England for Canada on 3 October 1913 on board the Empress of Ireland, arriving at Quebec on 10 October 1913. Elizabeth's husband, Thomas Hartshorne, had immigrated to Canada earlier in the year with three of his children: Lily Hartshorne; Mary Hartshorne; Thomas Hartshorne. Another son of Thomas Hartshorne - John Isaac (Jack) Hartshorne - had immigrated to Canada in 1912, though Jack returned to live in the UK after the war. The three brothers Jack, Thomas and William all served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and are listed on the Roll of Honour at Crich.

Derbyshire Courier, 29 December 1917
A feature of the holiday has been the unusually large number of local soldiers who have been fortunate in securing Christmas leave. The list includes Sgt C. Mason, from Ecclesall (Staffs), convalescent home; Private J W Heathcote, A S C (Mechanical Transport), from France; and driver William Coleman, France – the two latter were over together just a year ago – and Sapper Hy V. Smith in the Signalling Service, R.E., who came from France on Monday, after eight months across the Channel. Driver Jas H Dawes, Driver James Bingham, Lance Corporal W Hallam, Cpl Jas Holmes, and Bugler William Hartshorne have also been over on leave. The latter, who is staying with Mr A Buckley, of Park Head, is attached to the Canadian Forces. Along with his parents he emigrated from Park Head, cried, to the Dominion before the war, and like his brother, Tom, he enlisted in the Canadians during the earlier stages of the war.

Derby Evening Telegraph, 9 May 1935
Mr William McFarlane Hartshorne, native of Crich, has died in hospital in America. He was a son of Mrs E Hartshorne. of Glen Williams, and lived with his mother there until his removal about 11 years ago to U.S.A
As a lad he worked at Oakerthorpe pit.

William Hartshorne's brothers John Isaac 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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