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Carr, R., Cpl., 1917

Robert Carr seated left

On the Thiepval Memorial is the name of 11137 Corporal Robert Carr serving with 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment who died 08/02/1917.

William Kirby and Brenda McMahon have submitted the following:-

Robert was born at Cassop in 1896 the son of James (coal hewer) and Annie Julia Fletcher who married in 1888. Their children were John, Elizabeth J, Frederick and Robert.

Unfortunately, Annie died in 1901.

In 1910 James married to another Annie (nee McGee previously Mullen). Her children to her deceased husband Arthur were Ruth Isabella, Arthur and Patrick.

By 1911 9 folk were living in 3 rooms at 9 Smith Street Wheatley Hill. As well as all the family members living together Jamesís daughter, Elizabeth, had married Robert Robertson (coal hewer) in 1909 and had given birth to a daughter, Elizabeth so it was a very busy household. Frederick and Robert Carr were both pony putters working underground.

Robert enlisted at Wheatley Hill with the 6th battalion Yorkshire Regiment but was later transferred to the 7th. He was first promoted to the rank of lance corporal then corporal.

He was posted to the Balkans on July 14th 1915.

Robert was recorded as being wounded about October 17th 1915 thus entitling him to wear a wound stripe. He was wounded again on December 14th 1916 and again another wound stripe was awarded.

Robert was killed in action on February 8th 1917.

The monies due to him were allocated to his ie father £6.19s.2d then some time later a war gratuity of £12.0s.0d was paid out.

Medals Ė 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Robert Carr is remembered in Wheatley Hill on W114.01, W114.02, W114.03 and W114.06

The CWGC entry for Corporal Carr

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk