Friday, 29 August 2014

Robert Carr 1893-1916

Robert Carr
22nd November 1893 Baptised 21st January 1894 Silkstone All Saints

Son of:
James Carr b.1851 Silkstone d.1903 aged 52
1901: Coal miner (Hewer) Hillside, Silkstone aged 50
married 2nd September 1872 to
Alice Carr (nee Arrand) b.1855 Silkstone d.1913 Silkstone aged 58

Position in family:
13th of 14 children
1. John Gillot, b.1873 d.1947 aged 74
2. Eliza b.1874 d.1875
3. Ellen Gertrude b.1877 d.1885 aged 7
4. Arthur b.1879 d.1879 aged 3 weeks
5. Ann b.1880 d.1959 aged 78
6. Margaret b.1882 (twin) d.1945 aged 62
7. Henry (Harry) b.1882 (twin) d. 1882 7 weeks
8. Frederick b.1884 d.1964 aged 79
9. Victoria b.1887 d.1940 aged 52
10. Ada b.1890 d.1968 aged 78
11. Hetty b.1892 d.1892 aged 6 weeks
12. Albert b.1892 d.1893 aged 3 days

13. Robert b.1893
14. Mary Alice b.1899 d.1899 aged 6 months

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: Hillside, Silkstone aged 8
1911: Hillside, Silkstone aged 17 Trammer (underground)


Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: 9th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers
Service number and rank:  23611 Private
Awards: Victory Medal and British War Medal

24th April 1916 aged 22
Buried at: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, France
Grave Reference: IX.G.42.

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of James and Alice Carr of Silkstone, Yorks

Silkstone War Memorial

At letter to his brother from a comrade conveyed the sad news:
"Dear Mr. Carr :- It is with the deepest regret that I have to write and tell you of your brother's death and at the same time express how sotty we all are to lose such a bright and happy companion. He was one of the brightest boys in the platoon and used to keep us all merry during our long hours in the trenches. It might be of little comfort to you to know that his death was painless and caused by an exploding shell. I cannot write any more, again expressing our deepest sympathy for you and all in your sad loss. Believe me yours sincerely on behalf of the boys of 14 Platoon and myself, Sergt T Daglish."

Barnsley Chronicle (Barnsley Archives)

With special thanks to late Rosemary Lee of the Roggins Local History Group, and Heritage Silkstone who hold Rosemary's archive of research into the men remembered on Silkstone War Memorial.
Additional research by Pete Schofield    

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