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Forename(s): Harold Carey
Place of Birth: Hawes, Yorkshire
Service No: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 1/4th Battalion
Division: 50th (Northumbrian) Division
Date of Death: 1915-04-25
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. J. 4.
CWGC Cemetery: SANCTUARY WOOD CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)
Harold Carey Matthews (born 25 April 1879) was the son of Frederick William White and Ellen Georgina Matthews née Carey. Frederick was born at Dent, Yorkshire and Ellen at Radway, Warwickshire. Their daughter, Violet, was married to Captain George Neville May (q.v.).
1881 Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Holme - Harold C. Matthews, aged 1 year, Born Hawes, son of Frederick W.W. and Ellen G. Matthews.
1891 Masham, Yorkshire Census: The Bank - Harold C. Matthews, aged 11 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire, son of Frederick W.W. and Ellen G. Matthews.
1911 York, Yorkshire Census: 196, Mount Vale - Harold Carey Matthews, aged 32 years, born Hawes. [Harold was visiting his future wife, Marjory, and her parents, Gervas and Sophia Woodhouse.]
Harold was married to Marjory Forster Woodhouse in 1911.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Mjr Harold Carey Matthews, 4/York. R. (T.F.) Theatre of War first served in: France. Date of entry therein: ( - ). K. in A. 25.4.15. Address: Mrs. F.W. Robertson (Widow remarried), 29, Inverleith Gardens, Edinburgh.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Major H.C. Matthews. K. in A. 25.4.15.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Major H.C. Matthews, Yorkshire [Regt.]. Date and Place of Death: Killed in action 25.4.15. To whom Issued: £97 2s. 5d. To Widow and Exox. Mrs Marjorie Forster Matthews.
When Harold was killed, the 1/4th Bn Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) was part of the Northumbrian Division, it received its numerical designation on the 14 May 1915.
Harold's name was originally added to the Menin Gate Memorial. Later, his grave was found at map reference: 28.C.18.c.58.43. and his remains reburied in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery.
Harold is commemorated on the Market Weighton Parish War Memorial and on a Roll of Honour plaque at the Market Weighton War Memorial Institute.
Photograph: 'de Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1918' - Part One.
Data Source: de Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-18
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
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Major Harold Carey MATTHEWS
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division
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