Jack’s early life

John ‘Jack’ Harrison was born on 12th November 1890 at his family home at 20 Williamson Street, Hull, he was the 4th child of seven born to John and Charlotte Harrison.

His father was a Plater and Boilermaker at Earle’s Shipyard, it was a humble beginning for Jack, but he soon proved himself to be exceptional as he grew up in a very stable environment.

He attended Craven Street School, next door to Hull Kingston Rovers home ground Craven Park, and during his time there, his father would take him to watch Rovers home games.

While at school, Jack proved himself to be a scholar, and a very gifted sportsman, particularly at football and rugby.

In a time when university places were the almost exclusive right of the wealthy, Jack actually followed in his sister Beatrice’s footsteps in qualifying for teacher training at St. John’s College, York (now York St. John University).

Picture of Jack’s birth certificate kindly provided by Paul Dunham

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