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Private Harold Bateson Carr

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 21st March 1917

W H Breare letter

Of course, you all know or have seen Mr Fred Carr, the Editor of the Advertiser. He has three boys in the Army, and they are wonderfully cheerful lads. In a letter home, Harold Carr wrote to say that he had joined the Machine Gun Corps. They put it rather differently at home : "Joined the suicide club". Of course, that is only a soldier's joke. Bless you, the boy likes it, for he is full of the spirit of adventure. Another lad (Fred Carr) wrote to say that he found a pal in the trenches who wouldn't leave him. It was a black cat. That means luck, doesn't it? The eldest son, who is also in the Army, is a clever musician. He was organist of Kirkby Overblow Parish Church before he joined up. He, too, likes his experience in the Army, and writes very cheerful letters. He was with me E Raworth's, solicitor.

 

Harrogate Herald - 5th September 1917

W H Breare letter

Speaking of Corporal Holmes reminded me that he was always a good sportsman, and played the game just as he has played it in his last great event. He and Private Harold Carr, who, by the way, has twice been wounded, but now, I am glad to say, all right so far, were very close friends previous to the war, and they have boxed together many a time in Harry Holmes senior's workshop. They little though at the time how soon they would have to take the gloves off to the Huns. Speaking of Carr reminds me that he has two brothers in the War. You will remember they are the sons of Fred Carr, the Editor of the Advertiser. It shows you how readily our British lads turn their hands and strength to the needs of the moment when I tell you about one of the Carr lads. His bent has always been music. He was organist of Kirkby Overblow Church when he enlisted. There was nothing warlike in his appearance or face, and yet he joined up, and, strange to say, contrary to my expectations, has adapted himself so readily to the Army that he is actually enjoying his experience. You will have noticed whilst you have been out there how often the quietest men with neither bounce, braggadocio, nor even assertiveness, turn out the best fighting soldiers. I am old enough to have found it out in wars that are now but history or memory.

 

Harrogate Herald - 26th September 1917

W H Breare letter

I have had news of Sergeant Watson, who was at Handley's, and Private Carr, of England, Robinson and Co. Private Fred E Izard, of the West Yorks, brought me information on them. He saw both lads just before coming on leave. With the exception of being in hospital ten days with sickness, Izard has had good luck and I hope it will continue.

Roll Of Honour

Private Harold Bateson Carr (West Yorks), son of Mr & Mrs Fred Carr, 5 St Mary's Walk, Harrogate, was severely wounded in last week's fighting in the Ypres district. He was first wounded on the Somme on the 1st July last year, when his left arm was shattered by an explosive bullet. He returned into the firing line last Christmas, and a couple of months ago received a light shell wound. Word was received yesterday that his present injuries are to the thigh and right hand. He was, when the letter was written, in a Canadian field hospital, and will be removed to the based as soon as his condition permits.

 

Harrogate Herald - 24th October 1917

Roll of Honour

Private Fred Carr (West Yorks), younger son of Mr & Mrs Fred Carr, 5 St Mary's Walk, Harrogate, has been wounded in France. He was hit in four places, and, after being in the 1st South African General Hospital, arrived at the Keighley War Hospital on Monday. He joined the colours last autumn, and went out to France in Xmas week. He is 19 years of age, and previously was with Mr J Lomas-Walker, solicitor, of Westminster Chambers. His next elder brother, Private H B Carr, West Yorks, is in the East Leeds War Hospital (Roundhay Section), wounded for the third time. His eldest brother, Corporal (acting CQMS) W A Carr, West Yorks, has also been in France since Xmas.

 

SDGW

10th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

24211 Harold Bateson Carr

Born : Harrogate

Enlisted : Harrogate

Died : 22nd April 1918

KIA

France and Flanders

 

CWGC

In Memory of

HAROLD BATESON CARR

Private 24211 10th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own) who died on Monday, 22nd April 1918. Age 23.

Additional Information:

Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Carr, of 5, St. Mary's Walk, Harrogate, Yorks.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:

Panel 26 and 27

 

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