Hartshorn, William George

Age: 36
Date of birth: 1881

Wife: Laura Hartshorn (nee Hartopp)
Address: 58 Pickard Street

Occupation: Polisher

William was born in Warwick in 1881. He was baptised with his brother James on 8th May 1884 at All Saints Church, Warwick. He was the second of eight children – seven boys, John, James, Alfred, Charles, Arthur and Victor and one sister Alice.

William married Laura Hartopp in 1903. By the 1911 census they’d had six children (William, Elsie, Florence, Frederick, Winnie and Sidney) and the family were living at 9 Cox Street, Coventry. William was working as a Machinist in a Cycle Factory.

This item in the local paper tells us that they had had another son in 1913 and that in 1915 the family were living on Pickard Street in Warwick

Warwick Advertiser 23rd October 1915

In 1939 Laura was still living at 58 Pickard Street. She died in 1950 aged 66.

Warwick Advertiser – 8th November 1919:

Hartshorn- In loving Memory of my dear husband, Pte William Hartsorn.  R.Wr.R. killed in action, November 7th 1915.

Only  those who have lost can tell
The pain of parting without farewell.
Our thoughts they often wander
To this far and lonely grave,
His name is often spoken
In the home he died to save.

William’s grave at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Somme

Military Service

Rank & Number: Private, 4715
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 10th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of death: Sunday, November 07, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Died of wounds
Commemorated/Buried: Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Somme
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church


  • Kate Smallman – All Saints Church
  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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