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Name: John Harbottle

Burial Number: 0590

Gender: Male

Occupation: Living on own Means

Born: 03/05/1864

Died: 03/10/1909

Buried: 17/10/1909


John was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of William and Mary. His father was a merchant who travelled regularly between England and Australia. By 1871, the family were back in England and living in Marylebone. John was sent to a private school in Brighton. His father died in 1888 and it’s possible that John travelled out to Sydney to wind up his father’s affairs, as he is recorded as living in O’Connell Street in the city on 5th April 1891. He was back in England by the summer as he married Helen Baird Wilson at Woodchurch, Kent on 24th June. Their son William Wilson Harbottle was born in 1893 but died aged 2. A second son John was born in Woodchurch on 30th November 1896. He was baptised on 14th March 1897. As an adult, John Jnr joined the army and served during the First World War. He was killed in France in 1918 aged 21. (For details of his career, see Helen Baird Harbottle). The family moved to Bexhill by 1901 and then to Hampstead, living at 94 South Hill Park. John died there on 3rd October 1909. Probate was granted on 28th January 1910 to Helen Baird Harbottle widow. Effects £11586 2s 11d. Re-sworn £11661 10s 5d (approx £912K in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for John Harbottle

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 46

Exact Location (what3words): thigh.certified.strict

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy


In loving memory of John Harbottle born May 3rd 1864 died October 3rd 1909. Also of Cap. John Harbottle 1st Batt. Leicestershire Regiment killed in action March 21st 1918 aged 21 years. "The Lord knoweth them that are His" 2 Timothy ll.19 Helen Baird wife of John Harbottle died July 22nd 1923

Further Information


Name: John Harbottle

Gender: Male

Born: 03/05/1864

Town: Sydney

County: Unknown

Country: Australia


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 24/6/1891

Spouse First Name: Helen

Spouse Second Name: Baird

Spouse Last Name: Wilson

Town of Marriage: Woodchurch

County of Marriage: Kent

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/10/1909

Cause of death: Epileptic seizure. Syncope. Natural causes.

Address line 2: 94

Address line 3: South Hill Park

Town: Hampstead

County: London

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 13th October 1909.

“Death of Mr John Harbottle”

The death took place at Hampstead last week of Mr John Harbottle, only son of the late Mr William Harbottle, both father and son having acquaintance with Worthing of many years duration. Mr John Harbottle was 45 years of age and his remains were interred at Heene on Thursday.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £11661 10 s 5 d

Current value of effects: £912000.00

Census Information


14/15 Chester Terrace, Marylebone.

William 41yrs retired merchant, Mary 43yrs, Emily 9yrs, John 6yrs, Margaret 3yrs, Isabella Hogg 42yrs visitor Sister in Law and 7 servants


5,6,& 7 Arlington Villas, Brighton.

John aged 16, boarder, student at school run by Rev. George Cotterill.


24 O’Connell Street, Sydney, NSW.

John Harbottle.

Census taken on April 5th.


53 Station Road, Bexhill.

John aged 36, living on own means. Helen B aged 40. John aged 4. Jean Clarke aged 16, niece. Plus 1 servant.

Miscellaneous Information

Captain John Harbottle Royal Leicestershire Regiment 1st Battalion. Died 21st March 1918 aged 21 years.

John Harbottle was in 1895 in Woodchurch, Kent to Australian born, John Harbottle and his Scottish born wife, Helen Baird Wilson. John was born in the same year that his elder brother, William Wilson, died aged 2 and was buried at Heene. William was buried in the plot next to his paternal grandfather, William (1829 – 1888) who lived at 3 Heene Terrace.

John was brought up in Bexhill, Sussex and lived at 53 Station Road in 1901.

In 1914 he was cadet at Sandhurst and enrolled in the Royal Leicestershire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant. In 1915 he served in France and was injured in 1916. By 1918 he was an Acting Captain with ‘D’ Company in Frémicourt near Bapaume France as recorded in Captain Samuel Towers Hartshorne MC’s war diary on 21st March 1918. Captain John Harbottle died that day.

John is commemorated on the Arras Memorial Bay 5 and is also remembered on the headstone of his mother and father at Heene Cemetery EW Row 1 Plot 46. Inscription: In loving memory of John Harbottle born May 3rd, 1864, died October 3rd.1909. Also of Capt. John Harbottle 1st Batt. Leicestershire Regiment killed in action March 21st, 1918 aged 21 years. “The Lord knoweth them that are His” 2 Timothy ll.19 Helen Baird wife of John Harbottle died July 22nd 1923.