Memorable Manitobans: Annie Elizabeth Welsby Sharrock (1866-1945)
Born at St. Helens, Sutton, England on 6 March 1866, daughter of William Hamlet Welsby and Mary McGrath, she joined the Salvation Army in 1890. Within the British Field, she served with 22 different Corps, first at Homerton and followed with postings at Widnes, Manchester, Oldham, Stockport, Rochdale, Llanelly, Swansea, and Bristol. During this time, she married John Sharrocks (?-?), but was widowed prior to 1910, when she transferred to the Canadian Field. Her first posting this side of the Atlantic Ocean was leading the Parliament Street Corps in Toronto, Ontario, as well as working as a Relief Officer (1911) at Mimico School in Etobicoke Township. Moving west, she was on staff at the Training Garrison in Winnipeg for three years, including directing a Temporary Depot established to aid infuluenza patients, as well as working the Kildonan Industrial Home (c1913-?) in the Municipality of Kildonan), before travelling to Nanaimo (?-?) and Port Arthur (?-?) in British Columbia via Bankhead, Alberta (1916). She returned to the Kildonan Industrial Home as Superintendent (1920-1927) and earned her final promotion from Adjutant to Commandant during her time in Old Kildonan. In January 1927, she retired to Toronto and left the active Officership ranks. She died at Toronto on 16 June 1945 and was buried locally in the Salvation Army Section of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Ontario death registrations, Ancestry.
1911, 1916, 1921, & 1926 censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
“General Booth to arrive tomorrow,” Manitoba Free Press 7 November 1913, page 10.
“Inmates of Salvation Army Industrial Home live in peace like one big, contented family,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 April 1922, page 19.
“Salvation Army officer pays a farewell call,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 November 1925, page 5.
“Christmas Eve marked by seasonable treats,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 December 1924, page 8.
“Industrial Home girls bid Commandant farewell,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 January 1927, page 3.
“A life well lived and a work well done,” The War Cry [Canada West Edition], 29 January 1927, page 4.
“Personal paragraphs [Commandant Annie Sharrock],” The War Cry 9 July 1938, page 12.
“Comandant Mrs. Annie Sharrock called home from Toronto,” The War Cry, 30 June 1945, page 12.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.
We thank Andrew Cunningham for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 28 April 2020