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  • Report published in the 'Toronto Star', 1918 (www.veterans.gc.ca)
Person Details
28 Feb 1881
Joseph was the son of William and Sarah Harriman (née Codlin). His father William was born in Barrow on Soar, Leicestershire in 1851, the son of George and Jemima Harriman (née Robinson). His mother Sarah was born in Nottingham in about 1858. They were married at Nottingham St Ann's church on 2 October 1877. William was widowed and living alone by 1911 and there are no details on the census of his marriage or the number of children he and Sarah had. However, from the census and birth registration records William and Sarah had eight children after their marriage although an older child, Ann/Annie, was born in about 1872. It not clear, though, from the likely birth registration - 1872 (J/F/M Nottingham) mother's maiden name Taylor - whether she was their child or one brought into the marriage but given Sarah's age in 1872 it was probably not her child. The registrations of the other eight children gave the mother's maiden name as either Codlin (the name on the marriage record) or Ireland. The eight children, the youngest of whom died in childhood, were: Rebecca b. 15 April 1878 bap. Nottingham St Ann 24 June 1889; Jemima Elizabeth b. 26 August 1879 bap. 24 June 1889; Joseph b. 28 February 1881 bap. 24 June 1889; Emily b. 1882; Sarah birth registered 1890 (J/F/M); William b. 1884; George Albert b. 1887 and Lily b. 28 November 1894 bap. 12 September 1898 d. 1898 (O/N/D). With the exception of William who was born in Arnold (birth registered Basford), the children were born in Nottingham. In 1881 William (30) and Sarah (23) were living at 4 Livingstone Street, Nottingham, with Annie (9), Rebecca (2), Jemima (1) and Joseph (1 month). Also in the household were William's parents and his sister Jemima (19). William, a bricklayer's labourer, and Sarah were living at 301 St Ann's Well Road, Nottingham, when their children were baptised in 1889 but had moved to Meredith Street by 1891 where they were living with their children Ann a lace joiner, Rebecca, Jemima, Joseph, Emily (8), William (6), George (3) and Sarah (1). The youngest child Lily was born three years later but died in 1898. The family was living at 11 Bombay Street when Lily was baptised in 1898 and were still at the same address in 1901. Only Joseph a card cutter (box making), Emily a stripper and padder for cigars, William a bricklayer's apprentice, George an errand boy and Sarah were still living at home. Ann had probably married in 1894, Rebecca had married Walter Berry at Nottingham St Ann on 17 April 1897 and Jemima had marred George William Stacey at Nottingham St Matthias Church on 16 December 1900. Joseph's mother Sarah died in 1909 and in 1911 William was living on Plantaganet Street, Nottingham, and working as a nightwatchman at a hosiery and lace warehouse. He died in 1920. Joseph married Clara Ellen Holt in 1902. They had two sons, John William b. 1903 and Arthur Joseph b. 1909. in 1911 they were living at 58 Whittier Road, Sneinton; Joseph was a guillotine cutter (box manufacturer). In the home with Joseph and Clara and their two sons, was Joseph's brother, George, a warehouseman (lace manufacturer). George Albert married Emma E Clarke in 1912 and it is likely that they and Joseph, with his family, emigrated to Canada the following year. Joseph and his family were living at 14 Hanson Road, Fairbanks, Toronto, when he attested in 1916 but in 1918 his family home was at 16 Blandford Street, Fairbank, Toronto. The later CWGC record gives Clara's address as 29 Miller Street Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Of Joseph's siblings: Ann has not yet been traced after 1894. Rebecca and Walter, a furniture painter, were living on Bombay Street in 1911 with their children Walter, Rebecca, George Albert and Sarah Elizabeth. Rebecca was widowed by 1939 when she was still living in Nottingham, She died in 1958. Jemima Elizabeth and her hsuband George Stacey had at least four children. In 1911 George, a lace warehouseman, and Jemima a greengrocer, were living on St Ann's Well Road with their children George William, Doris, Ada Evelyn and Lilian May Elizabeth and Jemima's sister Sarah who was assisiting in the home. George Stacey served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in the war, enlisting in 1916 and discharged in 1919. The family emigrated to Canada after the war. Emily probably married Jack Mallard, a carter, in 1901 (A/M/J) and in 1911 they were living on Luther Avenue, Nottingham, with their children Jack, George, William amd Rose; a fifth child had died in infancy. Emily may have died in 1921. Sarah married Edward A Morris (b. 12 December 1885) in 1915 and they had at least two children, Eric Amos (bap. Harlesden Middx 12 December 1918) and Harry E. (b. 8 May 1922). In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled Sarah and George, a milling machinist, were living on Harley Road, Willesden Middlesex, with their son Harry. William married Mabel Earl at Nottingham St Ann on 20 January 1906 and they had at least three children: Ernest William (b. 3 July 1906), Lilian Gertrude (b. 20 December 1908) and Mabel b. 17 January 1914). In 1911 Mabel, a lace worker, and her two children, Ernest and Lilian, were living with her mother on Broad Oak Street, Nottingham. William has not yet been traced on the census. However, they were living in St Ann's Valley when William attested in July 1916. He was posted to the West Yorkshire Regiment (36052), transferred to the 25th (Wks) Bn Durham Light Infantry (35447) - his civilian trade was bricklayer - then to the 356th (Home Service) Bn Labour Coy, and later to the 355th (Home Service) Works Coy (185432). He was promoted lance corporal on 27 April 1917 and to corporal on 12 October 1918 and discharged from the army in February 1919. William died on 21 February 1932. George Albert was living with his brother Joseph and his family in 1911. He married in 1912 and emigrated to Canada before the war.
Employed by H Tolley Ltd., Woolpack Lane, Nottingham, for 17 years before emigrating to Canada in about 1913. He was then employed by Kilgour Company, Toronto, as a cutter.
13 Mar 1918
554713 - CWGC Website
Canadian Forces
12th Bn Canadian Railway Troops Joseph attested on 10 October 1915 at the age of 34 years 7 months. He served in France from May 1916 and according to a report in a Canadian newspaper, he had leave in England shortly before his death on 13 March 1918. The same newspaper also reported that Joseph was 'accidentally killed while in action.' He is buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France (grave ref. IV. D. 8). CWGC - history of Fins New British Cemetery (extract): 'Fins and Sorel were occupied at the beginning of April 1917, in the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. They were lost on the 23 March 1918, after a stubborn defence of Sorel by the 6th K.O.S.B. and the staff of the South African Brigade; and they were regained in the following September. The first British burials at Fins were carried out in the Churchyard and the Churchyard Extension, and the New British Cemetery was not begun until July 1917. It was used by fighting units (especially the 40th, 61st (South Midland) and 9th (Scottish) Divisions) and Field Ambulances until March, 1918, when it comprised about 590 graves in Plots I to IV [Joseph-Plot IV]. It was then used by the Germans, who added 255 burials, including 26 British, in Plots IV, V, and VI. In September and October 1918, about 73 British soldiers were buried by the 33rd and other Divisions, partly in Plots I and II, but mainly in Plots V and VI. Lastly, Plots VII and VIII were made, and other Plots completed, by the concentration of 591 graves after Armistice from the surrounding battlefields and from other smaller cemeteries [listed]' (www.cwgc.org)
CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Sleep on beloved sleep and take thy rest' Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 25 April 1918: ‘Harriman. Accidentally killed while in action, March 13th. Sapper J Harriman, aged 37, Canadian Railway Troops, late of 58, Whittier-road, Nottingham, for 17 years employed at H Tolley Ltd., Woolpack-lane, previous to leaving for Canada five years ago. His duty nobly done; never will his memory fade. From father, sisters, and brothers, Annie, Rebecca, Jemima, Emily, Sarah (London), Will, George (in Canada).' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Toronto Star (undated), report and photograph: ‘Accidentally Killed. Mrs Harriman, who and her two boys reside at 16 Blandford street, Fairbank, has been notified that her husband Pte Joseph Harriman, has been accidentally killed while in action. He had been in France since May 1916, and had just come back from his leave to England when the fatality occurred. He was 37 years of age a native of England and prior to enlistment, was employed by Kilgour Bros.’ (www.veterans.gc.ca)
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  • Report published in the 'Toronto Star', 1918 (www.veterans.gc.ca)
    Joseph Harriman - Report published in the 'Toronto Star', 1918 (www.veterans.gc.ca)
  • Buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    Joseph Harriman - Buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France. (www.cwgc.org)