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Private John Charles Hargreaves

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of birth: 1884-03-22
Place of birth: Harrogate, Yorkshire
Next of kin: Laura Hargreaves, daughter, Estevan, Saskatchewan
Marital status: married
Occupation (attested): Teamster
Occupation (normalized): Animal-Drawn Vehicle Driver (Road)
Address: Estevan, Saskatchewan
Religion: Other - See Notes
Date of death: 1917-04-09
Cause of death: Killed in action

MILITARY INFORMATION

Regimental number: 925056
Final Rank: Private (5th Battalion)
Rank detail
  1. Private, 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army). 1916-11-12 to 1917-04-09
  2. Private, 32nd Reserve Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army). 1916-10-21 to 1916-11-12
  3. Private, 152nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army). 1915-11-29 to 1916-10-21
Degree of service: Europe
Survived war: no
Battle wounded/killed: Attack on Vimy Ridge
Commemoration location: Estevan War Memorial

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RESEARCH INFORMATION

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CWGC ID: 297190
LAC ID: 452271
Attestation record(s): image 1, image 2
Service file: B4056A-S051
Uploader's Notes: John Charles Hargreaves was born on 22 March 1884 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. His father, Thomas Hargreaves, was from Farsley in Yorkshire, while his mother, Elizabeth Horner, was from Harrogate. The couple married during the third quarter of 1881. Children born to the family were Clara (1882), John Charles, George (abt 1887), Ada (abt 1889), Thomas (1891), Albert (1893), Annie (1896), Elizabeth (abt 1897), William (1898), Fanny (1901), Arthur (1903), and Fred (1905). Over the years father Thomas' occupation was given as coach builder. In September of 1906, John married Ethel Louisa Cunningham in Christ Church, Harrogate. Born in 1883 in Hempnall, Norfolk, Ethel was the daughter of Robert and Sarah Cunningham. The next year John and Ethel gave birth to a daughter, Laura. The 1911 England census found the family living at 3 French Street in Harrogate with John listed as working as a waggoner for a coal merchant. Also living with the family was boarder Andrew Baines. However, John's parents and many of his siblings had immigrated to Canada, settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba by 1911. Found on the 1911 Canada census on Salter Street in Winnipeg were parents Thomas and Elizabeth, and children Clara (Scott), Albert, Elizabeth, William, Fanny, Arthur, Fred, and also John.John was next found on the passenger list of the Megantic that arrived in Montreal on 24 August 1912. Travelling with him was his daughter Laura. John was listed as a returning Canadian, with Winnipeg given as the final destination. John's wife Ethel remained in England.John signed his attestation papers in Estevan, Saskatchewan on 29 November 1915. His occupation was given as teamster and his daughter Laura in Estevan as next of kin although she was likely living with her grandparents in Winnipeg. Listed with his parents, some of his siblings, and daughter Laura in the 1916 census for Winnipeg, it was noted that he was serving overseas when the census was taken.With recruitment in Weyburn and Estevan, the 152nd Battalion had been organized in November of 1915 and mobilized at Weyburn. As Private with the 152nd Battalion, John embarked from Halifax on 4 October 1916 aboard the SS Missanabie. Once in England the battalion was absorbed by the 32nd Reserve Battalion.In November of 1916, John was transferred to the 5th Battalion, later joining the battalion in the field in France. In April of 1917 the 5th Battalion was involved in the action on Vimy Ridge. On 9 April 1917 Private John Charles Hargreaves was reported as Killed in Action. From the war diaries for the 5th Battalion for the 9th: "At 5:30 a.m. precisely barrage opened, and our men advanced. Black Line (first objective) gained at 6:10 a.m. Casualties estimated at 200, a great many of which were caused by machine gun fire.”… "Around 9 a.m. a report was received by runner from Major Mahaffy saying that he had reached the Red Line and was sending back 70 prisoners. At 6:30 p.m. the 8th C.I. Battalion relieved us in the Red Line and we occupied part of the Black Line with Battalion Head Quarters at A.17.e5.2. Casualties estimated at 14 Officers and 350 Other Ranks”, one of which was John.Private John Charles Hargreaves is buried in the Nine Elms Military Cemetery in Thelus, Pas de Calais, France. Thelus is a village about 6.5 kilometres north of Arras and 1 kilometre east of the main road from Arras to Lens. The cemetery is on the western side of the main road and about 1.5 kilometres south of the village. John's daughter Laura married Henry William Pyefinch on 19 June 1926 in Winnipeg. Born in 1903 in Portage la Prairie, Henry was the son of Levinius and Lucy (née Kingdon) Pyefinch. Laura and Henry made Winnipeg their home and gave birth to two daughters, Shirley and Beverley. Over the years Henry worked as a shoe salesman. Predeceased by her Hargreaves grandparents Elizabeth (1923) and William (1946), both in Winnipeg, Laura died on 27 September 1951 in Winnipeg. Henry later moved to New Westminster, British Columbia where he died on 25 July 1986.Two of John's brothers also served during the war. Enlisting in Winnipeg in August of 1915, Albert went overseas with the 179th Battalion in October of 1916, later joining the 43rd Battalion. Wounded in the thigh by the nose cap of an artillery shell at Vimy Ridge just days before his brother was killed in action, he was evacuated to England on the 13th of April. William enlisted in Winnipeg in January of 1916 and went overseas with the 101st Battalion. With the 24th Battalion, William suffered a gunshot wound and compound fracture to the foot at Mericourt and was invalided to England in February of 1918. Both returned to Canada.Private John Charles Hargreaves is commemorated on page 251 of the First World War Book of Remembrance in Ottawa and on the Estevan War Memorial.
Uploader's Research notes: John Charles Hargreaves was born on 22 March 1884 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England. His father, Thomas Hargreaves, was from Farsley in Yorkshire, while his mother, Elizabeth Horner, was from Harrogate. The couple married during the third quarter of 1881. Children born to the family were Clara (1882), John Charles, George (abt 1887), Ada (abt 1889), Thomas (1891), Albert (1893), Annie (1896), Elizabeth (abt 1897), William (1898), Fanny (1901), Arthur (1903), and Fred (1905). Over the years father Thomas' occupation was given as coach builder. In September of 1906, John married Ethel Louisa Cunningham in Christ Church, Harrogate. Born in 1883 in Hempnall, Norfolk, Ethel was the daughter of Robert and Sarah Cunningham. The next year John and Ethel gave birth to a daughter, Laura. The 1911 England census found the family living at 3 French Street in Harrogate with John listed as working as a waggoner for a coal merchant. Also living with the family was boarder Andrew Baines. However, John's parents and many of his siblings had immigrated to Canada, settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba by 1911. Found on the 1911 Canada census on Salter Street in Winnipeg were parents Thomas and Elizabeth, and children Clara (Scott), Albert, Elizabeth, William, Fanny, Arthur, Fred, and also John.John was next found on the passenger list of the Megantic that arrived in Montreal on 24 August 1912. Travelling with him was his daughter Laura. John was listed as a returning Canadian, with Winnipeg given as the final destination. John's wife Ethel remained in England.John signed his attestation papers in Estevan, Saskatchewan on 29 November 1915. His occupation was given as teamster and his daughter Laura in Estevan as next of kin although she was likely living with her grandparents in Winnipeg. Listed with his parents, some of his siblings, and daughter Laura in the 1916 census for Winnipeg, it was noted that he was serving overseas when the census was taken.With recruitment in Weyburn and Estevan, the 152nd Battalion had been organized in November of 1915 and mobilized at Weyburn. As Private with the 152nd Battalion, John embarked from Halifax on 4 October 1916 aboard the SS Missanabie. Once in England the battalion was absorbed by the 32nd Reserve Battalion.In November of 1916, John was transferred to the 5th Battalion, later joining the battalion in the field in France. In April of 1917 the 5th Battalion was involved in the action on Vimy Ridge. On 9 April 1917 Private John Charles Hargreaves was reported as Killed in Action. From the war diaries for the 5th Battalion for the 9th: "At 5:30 a.m. precisely barrage opened, and our men advanced. Black Line (first objective) gained at 6:10 a.m. Casualties estimated at 200, a great many of which were caused by machine gun fire.”… "Around 9 a.m. a report was received by runner from Major Mahaffy saying that he had reached the Red Line and was sending back 70 prisoners. At 6:30 p.m. the 8th C.I. Battalion relieved us in the Red Line and we occupied part of the Black Line with Battalion Head Quarters at A.17.e5.2. Casualties estimated at 14 Officers and 350 Other Ranks”, one of which was John.Private John Charles Hargreaves is buried in the Nine Elms Military Cemetery in Thelus, Pas de Calais, France. Thelus is a village about 6.5 kilometres north of Arras and 1 kilometre east of the main road from Arras to Lens. The cemetery is on the western side of the main road and about 1.5 kilometres south of the village. John's daughter Laura married Henry William Pyefinch on 19 June 1926 in Winnipeg. Born in 1903 in Portage la Prairie, Henry was the son of Levinius and Lucy (née Kingdon) Pyefinch. Laura and Henry made Winnipeg their home and gave birth to two daughters, Shirley and Beverley. Over the years Henry worked as a shoe salesman. Predeceased by her Hargreaves grandparents Elizabeth (1923) and William (1946), both in Winnipeg, Laura died on 27 September 1951 in Winnipeg. Henry later moved to New Westminster, British Columbia where he died on 25 July 1986.Two of John's brothers also served during the war. Enlisting in Winnipeg in August of 1915, Albert went overseas with the 179th Battalion in October of 1916, later joining the 43rd Battalion. Wounded in the thigh by the nose cap of an artillery shell at Vimy Ridge just days before his brother was killed in action, he was evacuated to England on the 13th of April. William enlisted in Winnipeg in January of 1916 and went overseas with the 101st Battalion. With the 24th Battalion, William suffered a gunshot wound and compound fracture to the foot at Mericourt and was invalided to England in February of 1918. Both returned to Canada.Private John Charles Hargreaves is commemorated on page 251 of the First World War Book of Remembrance in Ottawa and on the Estevan War Memorial.

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Date added: 2004-09-04
Last modified: 2014-11-19