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Sidney Banfield CAREY

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Surname: CAREY

Forename(s): Sidney Banfield

Place of Birth: Timsbury, Somerset

Service No: 95281

Rank: Wheeler

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: No.1 Cadet School

Division: ---

Age: 49

Date of Death: 1918-08-30

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: In South part.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Sidney Banfield Carey was the son of Abel and Hannah Carey, née Branch. Both parents were born at Farmborough, Somerset.

1871 Bath, Somerset Census: Bolwells Court - Banfeld [sic] Carey, aged 3 years, born Farmborough, Somerset, son of Abel and Hannah Carey.

1881 Farmborough, Somerset Census: High Road - Banfield Carey, aged 12 years, born Farmborough, son of Hanah [sic] Carey (married).

1891 Bathford, Somerset Census: Church Street - Banfield Carey, aged 22 years, born Timsbury, Somerset. Carpenter at Mill. [Banfield was boarding with James and Eliza Southard.]

1911 Rishton, Lancashire: 66, Spring Street - Sidney Carey, aged 42 years, born Farmborough, Somerset. Labourer Iorn [sic] Foundry. [Sidney was boarding with Jeanet Morgan, married woman.]

Sidney was married to Janet Morgan in 1912.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Wheeler Sidney Carey, 95281, R.H.A. Date and Place of Death: 30.8.18 Mil Hosp. Hampstead. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Janet. £45 10s. 9d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Wheeler Sidney Carey, 95281, R.H.A. Date and cause of death: Ruptured Aneurysm. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Jennet, born 22.10.69. Address: 23, Roseman House, School Lane, Earby, Yorkshire. Children: Viola Morgan, stepchild, born 15.12.04. Dorcas Ann Morgan Carey, born 28.9.07.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

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Surname: CAREY

Forename(s): Sidney

Born: Timsbury, Bath


Enlisted: Bristol, Glos

Number: 95281

Rank: Wheeler

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery



Died Date: 30/08/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Home


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: CAREY

Forename(s): Sidney Banfield

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 95281

Rank: Gunner (Wheeler)

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: No. 1 Cadet School

Age: 49


Died Date: 30/08/1918

Additional Information: Son of Abel and Hannah Carey; husband of Janet Carey, of Elsmere House, 8, School Lane, Earby, Yorks.

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Miscellaneous Information

(Courtesy of David Judd, Farmborough)


Sidney Banfield Carey was born in the December Quarter of 1868 in Timsbury, Bath, his birth was registered in Clutton. His parents were Abel and Hannah Carey (previously Branch), both of his parents were born in Farmborough, his father was baptised on 2 July 1837 and his mother was born in the December Quarter of 1839.

In the Bath Quarter Sessions records for 17 October 1868 there is a reference to Abel Carey appearing for stealing (Larceny), he was found "Not Guilty".

In the 1871 Census his father is shown as being age 36 and a wheelwright living at Bolwells Court in Bath, (Sidney) Banfield Carey is age 3 and living with his brothers and sisters, namely Dorchas age 12, Arckley age 10, Thomas age 8 and Dinah age 5.

On the 1881 Census Return (Sidney) Banfield Carey is age 12 living with his mother, a Char woman, at High Road in Farmborough, also at home are Arckles age 20, Thomas age 17 and a younger sister Lowisa age 9. There is no sign of his father, so whether he was out of the Country and serving with the military, or not recorded is unknown.

On the 1891 Census his mother is recorded as being a widow age 54 living on the Timsbury Road, Farmborough with her son Thomas Carey age 24 a coalminer. (Sidney) Banfield Carey is not at home but is recorded as being a Carpenter at Mill, age 22, and boarding with James and Eliza Southard in Church Street, Bathford. Therefore seeing as Sidney's mother is recorded as being a widow on the 1891 Census, his father must have died sometime between 1871 and 1891. A search of death records has been undertaken and nothing found, a search was also undertaken of the Probate records for this period but again nothing was found. It must be assumed that perhaps Abel Carey might have been involved in some Military campaign overseas and was killed.

On the 1911 Census Return Sidney (Banfield) Carey is single and living as a boarder with a Janet Morgan, married woman age 42, he is a Labourer, Farm Foundry, they are resident at 66 Spring Street, Rishton, Lancashire.

In the December Quarter of 1912 Sidney Banfield Carey marries Janet Morgan in Blackburn, Lancashire.

August 1914 saw the outbreak of the Great War and Britain committed to supporting Belgium who had been invaded by the Germans. Whether Sidney Banfield Carey joined immediately or soon after we don't know, but we do know that he was allocated service number 95281 in the Royal Field Artillery and was at the Number 1 Cadet School of the Royal Field Artillery which is located at St Johns Wood.

On Friday 30 August 1918 Gunner Sidney Banfield Carey died (of causes unknown), he was a Wheeler or Wheelwright with the Royal Field Artillery and is buried with his mother who died on 11 December 1918 aged 80 at All Saints Church, Farmborough, Bath. A death was registered in the September Quarter of 1918 in Marylebone, London and gave an age of 46(?).

He is remembered on the Commonwealth War Graves site and his name appears on his mothers grave viz;

"In Loving Memory of Wher B S Carey RHA, who died for his Country,

August 30th 1918 aged 49 years. Thy will be done"




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