Born: In 1873 in Balsall Heath, King’s Norton, Worcestershire.
Family: He was the second of four children born to William Harborne, a fruiterer, and his wife Mary. He married Mabel Ethel Brelsford on 8 June 1902 in King’s Norton parish church and together they had 4 children – Lizzie Sylvia, Mary Elsie, James William and Olive Margaret.
Residence: In 1881 the family were living at 18 Parker Street, Edgbaston, King’s Norton, Warwickshire; in 1901 he was boarding in Walker’s Heath, King’s Norton and by 1911, having married he was living with his wife and young family in Walkers Heath Road, King’s Norton. In 1919 he gave his address as 60 Chemistry, Whitchurch, Shropshire; this is his only residential link to Whitchurch. (Note that his mother-in-law was born in Whitchurch, two of his daughters were married in Whitchurch, his widow was living at 4 Princes Cottages, off High Street, Whitchurch in 1939 and she died and was buried in Whitchurch in 1952)
Employment: In 1901 he was a groom; in 1911 a coachman, the occupation he gave when he enlisted.
Died: In 1934 in Birmingham, Warwickshire.
Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps
Service Number: 130374
Date of Enlistment: 12 October 1915
Date of Discharge: 13 July 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation