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Alfred CAREY

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Surname: CAREY

Forename(s): Alfred

Place of Birth: Gisburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 266463

Rank: Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 5th Battalion

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1918-11-06

Awards: M.M.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: E. 9.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Alfred Carey was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Carey, née Moorby and brother of Private Harold Carey (3889) (q.v.). Their father was born at Rownhams, Southampton, Hampshire and mother at Gisburn, Yorkshire.

1901 Bowland Forest Low, Yorkshire Census: Butler's Cottage, Browsholme [Whitewell Parish], Alfred Carey, aged 6 years, born Gisburn, Yorkshire, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Carey.

1911 Gargrave, Yorkshire Census: North Street - Alfred Carey, aged 16 years, born Gisburne, Yorkshire, son of Elizabeth Carey (married).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl Alfred Carey, 266463, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Cpl Alfred Carey, 266463, 2/6 W. Rid. R.; 2/4 W. Rid. R.; 5 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 6.11.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Cpl Alfred Carey M.M. 266463, 5/W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 6.11.18. France. K. in A. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Alfred. £38 16s. 11d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: joint card(s) exist for Alfred and Harold. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Alfred Carey. Relationship to soldier: Father. Address 1. Copy Nook, Bolton by Bowland. Address 2. 20, King Street, Clitheroe.

On the 30 January 1918, the 1/5th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) was transferred from the 49th (West Riding) Division to the 62nd (2/West Riding) Division and absorbed the 2/5th Battalion becoming the 5th Battalion.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Corporal Alfred CAREY

Corporal Alfred CAREY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: CAREY

Forename(s): Alfred

Born: Gisburn, Yorks

Residence: Clitheroe, Yorks

Enlisted: Skipton

Number: 266463

Rank: Cpl

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 2/5th Battalion

Decorations: M.M.

Died Date: 06/11/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: CAREY

Forename(s): Alfred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 266463

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 5th Bn. late 2nd/6th Bn.

Age: 24

Awards: M M

Died Date: 06/11/1918

Additional Information: Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Carey, of Copy Nook Hotel, Bolton-by-Bowland. Born at Gisburn, Clitheroe. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscriptal Inscription: FOR GOD, HOME, PARENTS KING & HIS COUNTRY HE DIED)



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

15 June 1917


Word has been received that Pte. Alfred Carey and Pte. Joseph Moon are wounded and in hospital. Corporal W. Oddie and Pte. Geo. Harrison are reported as improving.

04 January 1918


The people of Bolton are very much pleased to hear that Lance-Corporal Alfred Carey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carey, the Copy Nook Hotel, has been awarded the Military Medal. - Privates Davies and Marshall are home from the Front on a 14 days' leave.

11 January 1918


Particulars are to hand how Lance-Corporal, Alfred Carey, Duke of Wellington's, of the Copy Nook Hotel, came to be awarded the Military Medal and are as follows:- "For great dash and gallantry. Early in the engagement in Bourlon Wood on November 27th, 1917, he gallantly dashed forward with his Lewis Gun, took up a position, and put out of action an enemy machine gun which was causing us great casualties and holding up our advance."

Private Robert Bateson, who will he remembered as bring in farm service at Bolton-by-Bowland, but originally of Bell Busk, has also been awarded the Military Medal. "For total disregard of danger and devotion to duty whilst acting as stretcher bearer during the attack on the Hindenberg support system near Graincourt on November 20th and 21st, 1917. He dressed wounds and got back casualties during the whole of November 20th, under machine gun fire, and went out alone on November 21st, and brought in a badly wounded man from the front of the forward line, thereby undoubtedly saving his life."

01 March 1918

BOLTON-BY-BOWLAND - Presentation

On Friday evening last in the schoolroom, Lance-Corporal Alfred Carey was the recipient of a present, the result of subscriptions in the village, on the suggestion of the Local War Fund Committee. Mr. A.C. Milne-Redhead, presided, and in making the presentation said the Local War Fund Committee considered that some recognition should be made of Lance-Corporal Carey's success in being awarded the Military Medal. There were many more from the Parish who were fighting for their country, but he had been the first to obtain distinction that had been recognised by the War authorities. The Local War Fund Committee thought that as he was at present on leave, it was a fitting opportunity to give him a silver wrist watch with suitable inscription. The result of his efforts on the battlefield must have been satisfactory to himself, gratifying to his parents, and it was an honour to the district; they all appreciated his bravery and patriotism. He had great pleasure in presenting the watch and hoped it would bring him luck.-In supplementing the Chairman's remarks, Mr. C.R. Lambert referred specially to three things by which Lance-Corporal Carey had set an example to many others, viz., duty, courage, and modesty.-The Rev. C.C. Brodhurst said they were all proud of Lance-Corporal Carey; he was an honour to Bolton, and hoped that many others would follow his example.-Lance-Corporal Carey apologised for not being able to say much; with him speech-making was at a discount. His family had not been long in the village, but during that time, people had been very kind to them. In regard to the soldiers, the Committee had done well in looking after them. He hoped it would not be long before they were altogether again. He thanked them for the handsome present.

20 September 1918


Lance-Corporal Alfred Carey, who is at present up in the line, has been made Corporal. Lance-Corporal Edwin Reeves is at present home on leave.

29 November 1918


Bolton-by-Bowland has suffered another loss in the terrible war by the death of Corporal Alfred Carey (son of Mr. and Mrs. Carey, of Copy Nook Hotel), who was instantaneously killed on the 7th of this month as he was leaving the trenches. Corporal Carey joined the Army in January 1915, and was attached to the 5th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. He was wounded in July 1917, but afterwards returned to France. His last leave was in February of this year. For conspicuous bravery in Barbon Woods [Bourlon Wood], he was awarded the Military Medal in 1917, in recognition of which he was presented with a silver wristlet engraved watch in the Bolton-by-Bowland School.

The following is a copy of a letter from his pal in the same regiment:- "It is with the deepest regret that I write these few lines to you knowing that I have lost one of my best chums in the death of your dear son Alf. No doubt you have received the sad news of his death, which occurred near Fresnoy on the 7th. I can assure you he is missed by all who knew him. He did not suffer any pain as he was killed instantaneously by a shell. If all goes well I may be able to come to see you in the near future and give you more particulars. All the lads in the company tender their deepest sympathy in your sad loss, and hope that God will give you health and strength to combat with your trouble."

Mr. and Mrs. Carey have the greatest sympathy of the whole neighbourhood; this is their second loss, and it will be easily remembered that their son Harold gave his life for his country in December 1915. We will give a photograph next week.

06 December 1918

BOLTON-BY-BOWLAND - The Late Corporal Alfred Carey

The photograph is that of Corporal Alfred Carey, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carey, Copy Nook Hotel, who, as reported in the 'Herald' last week, was killed on November 7th as he was leaving the trenches. For conspicuous bravery near Barbon Woods [Bourlon Wood] he was awarded the Military Medal in 1917, and in recognition of the honour he was afterwards the recipient of a silver wristlet watch in the Bolton-by-Bowland School.


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