Heart Pin Cushion and Photos

The cushion on display at Highfields Library

The cushion on display at Highfields Library

Loaned by Mrs. Patricia Eames. John ‘Jack’ Hancock from Ravenstone in Coalville joined up to avoid going down the pit, lying about his age. When his age was discovered, rather than being sent home he was placed in the Catering Corps.

He served in the Coldstream Guards, and was eventually made Sergeant. He courted Patricia’s Mum’s sister Lizzie, and had a soft spot for Patricia’s Mum, a cute little girl, the youngest of 9 children, sending her lots of photos of himself from the front. He sent this beautiful pin cushion to her when she was aged 9, ‘from your old friend Jack’.

Jack was wounded three times and sent back to the front when recovered, the final time coming home to recuperate for 15 months. He married Lizzie Wesson of Paddock Street Wigston on March 17th  1917, and was sent back to the front line straight after, sadly surviving for only one week, dying of his wounds in the third battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele . Lizzie received 15 shillings pension.