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Harry Frederick CAW

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Surname: CAW

Forename(s): Harry Frederick

Place of Birth: Wandsworth, Surrey

Service No: 43192

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Highland Light Infantry

Battalion / Unit: 16th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Glasgow)

Division: 32nd Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-09-15

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. H. 19.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Harry Frederick Caw (born 30 March 1898) was the son of James Matthew and Jessie Bruce Walker Caw, née Ashton. James was born at Cupar, Fife; Jessie, the daughter of Henry Moses and Jessie Bruce Ashton, née Walker, was baptized at All Saints, Wandsworth, Surrey, 8 April 1863.

1901 Cupar, Fife, Scotland Census: West Park, Carslogie Road - Henry F. Caw, aged 3 years, born Cupar, son of Jessie A. Caw (married).

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Grammar School, Gargrave Road - Henry Frederick Caw, aged 13 years, born Cupar, Fife.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harry Caw, 1399, High. Cyc. Bn; 43192, High. L. I. Correspondence: J.A. Caw makes app on behalf of mother for decds medals 28.1.24. Address: Mr. J.A. Caw, c/o Can. Bank of Commerce, Innisfree, Alta, Canada.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Harry Caw, 1399, High. Cyc. Bn., att. 21st Infantry Base Depot; 43192, 16th High. L. I.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Harry Caw, 43192, 16th Bn H.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 15.9.17. France in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Executrix nominate - Jessie Ashton Caw. £31 15s. 7d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Harry. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Jessie B. W. Caw. Relationship: Mother. Address 1. 17, Bonnygate, Cupar, Fife. Address 2. C/O Dr. E. E. Douglas, Cupar Fife.

Harry is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

A short biography of Harry is included in: ‘A Grammar School at War – The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).

Photograph: 'Yorkshire Rugby Football Union – In Memoriam 1914-19'.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


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Private Harry Frederick CAW

Private Harry Frederick CAW

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Highland Light Infantry

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Highland Light Infantry

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 32nd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 32nd Division

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Surname: CAW

Forename(s): Harry


Residence: Cupar, Fifeshire

Enlisted: Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire

Number: 43192

Rank: Private

Regiment: Highland Light Infantry

Battalion: 16th (Service) Battalion (2nd Glasgow)


Died Date: 15/09/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 1399, H.C.B.

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Surname: CAW

Forename(s): Harry

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 43192

Rank: Private

Regiment: Highland Light Infantry

Unit: 16th Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 15/09/1917

Additional Information: Son of Jessie Bruce Walker Ashton Caw, of Cupar, Fife, and the late James Matthew Caw, M.D., D.P.H., Medical Officer 1st Bn. Suffolk Regt. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS)

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We regret to announce the death of Dr. JAMES MATTHEW CAW , which occurred suddenly on April 23rd. He had arrived at Berwick-on-Tweed only on the 19th from Cupar Fife to take charge of the military hospital there. Dr. Caw had recently returned from service as a civil surgeon with the army in South Africa. He was a native of Cupar, Fife, where, until he went to South Africa, he was engaged in general practice. During his medical course at Edinburgh University, where he took the degrees of M.B. and C.M. in 1883 and M.D. in 1889, he was a senior medallist in surgery. After leaving Edinburgh he was appointed Assistant Medical Officer of Woolwich Infirmary, and he also served as Surgeon on board Hawarden Castle. Dr. Caw was an occasional contributor to the medical journals.

Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936


CAW, Harry, Bonnygate, Cupar, Pte., 1/1st Highland Cyclist Brigade, att. 3/4th Black Watch and 16th H.L.I., died 15 September 1917, in France, testate. Confirmation granted at Cupar, 28 December, to Jessie Ashton Caw, residing in King Street, Oxford, his mother, Executrix nominated in Will or Deed, dated 3 June 1916, and recorded in Court Books of Commissariot of Fife, 15 December 1920. Value of Estate, £489 8s. 8d.

DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part Three

CAW, HARRY, Private, No. 43192, 16th (Service) Battn. The Highland Light Infantry, yr. s. of James Matthew Caw, M.D., D.P.H., C.M.O., by his wife, J.A. (Bonnygate, Cupar), dau. of Henry Moses Ashton; b. Wandsworth, London, S.W.; educ. Ermysted's Grammar School, Skipton-in-Craven; joined the Highland Cyclist Battn. in Oct. 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from July, 1916, when he transferred to the Highland Light Infantry, and was killed in action 15 Sept. 1917. Buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery; unm.



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14 December 1917


A Fifteenth Century Foundation - War Memorial Proposed


Wednesday's proceedings were opened with a service in commemoration not only of the founders and benefactors of the school but also of the gallant men who formerly passed through the school and who had given their lives for their country in the present war. The service was conducted by the headmaster (Rev. F.G. Forder) in the big school and there was a good attendance of old boys and others interested in the school. The names of the fallen heroes are as follows:- 2nd Lieut. T.B. Bellamy, Captain C.D. Bennett, 2nd Lieut. T.D. Broughton, Captain C.W. Brown, Gunner Philip Brown, Corporal H.S. Caw, Sergt. J. Cockerill, 2nd Lieut. H. Colley (master), Major M.E. Cookson, 2nd Lieut. E.G. Goodman, 2nd Lieut. F.H. Gill, Private W. Hartley, Rifleman W.M. Jowett, Lieut. H. Knowles, 2nd Lieut. C.H. Lee (master), 2nd Lieut. J.C. McIntyre, Captain J.B. McKay, Lance-Corporal A.J. Metcalfe, J.H. [E.] Metcalfe, Private E. Platt, Private C.T.W. Rigby, 2nd Lieut. W.A. Rodwell, Sergt. A.F. Ryder, Lieut. E.J.C. Supple (master), Private F. Thornton, Rifleman H. Tindall, Sergt. H. Walker, Gunner Herbert Watson, 2nd Lieut. Alec Wilson, Private Cameron Wilson, 2nd Lieut. Ian Wilson.

Among the old boys who have gained distinctions are the following:- Military Cross, Second-Lieutenant J.G. Berry, Second-Lieutenant J.B. Hartley, Captain J.T. Hurst, Lieut. P. Jowett, Lieut. J. Petty, and Capt. T.B. Pollard (master); Distinguished Conduct Medal, Corpl. W.A. Murgatroyd; Mentioned in Despatches, Lieut. J. Pethybridge, Capt. Allan Wilson, and many others.

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