CARR, THOMAS 10687 Lance / Corporal 1st Battalion 2nd Guards Bde Guards Division THE SCOTS GUARDS

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died of Wounds  France / Flanders  30th September 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 5.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 30th October 1915

L/Cpl Thomas Carr of the 1st Scots Guards, whose home was at Lansdowne House, Dunkirk Lane, Leyland and whose death in France has already been announced, received the wounds from which he died whilst fighting at Loos on 27th September 1915. He was taking part in a charge at the time, and death took place in No. 6 Field Hospital three days later. He was 20 years of age and connected with St. James parish.

Preston Guardian Sat. 23rd October 1915

The report is as that in the Chorley Guardian of 30th Oct., with the additional information that ‘he joined the army on 7th September 1914 and went to the Front in February (1915). He was 20 years old and attended St. James Church and Sunday School. He was engaged in the Stenter Department at the Leyland Bleachworks.’

Ditto Sat. 30th October 1915

A Memorial Service was held at St. James on Monday evening for L/Cpl Tom Carr. The Rev. C. E. Fynes-Clinton said that ‘The memory of L/Cpl Carr would be an encouragement and inspiration to all who knew him – a noble example of one who, at the call of duty gave up all.’ (précis).

A Memorial Inscription is on the family grave in St. James Churchyard

Corporal Thomas Carr, 1st Batt. Scots Guards

Died of wounds received in the charge of Loos, France

Sept. 30th, 1915 and interred in Béthune cemetery.

Aged 20 years. Son of Zacharius and Agnes Carr.

Thomas Carr’s name is on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. James Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Scots Guards Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thomas Carr is buried in the :-

BÉTHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, FRANCE

Grave Ref:  Plot IV Row E Grave 62

Son of Zacharias and Agnes Carr, “Lansdowne House”, Dunkirk Lane, Leyland. Age 20.

Memorabilia: I have a postcard of Leyland that had been sent to Thomas Carr at the Front, postmarked ‘Preston 8 pm 14 JU 15’ and addressed to ‘Private Tomas Carr, 10687 1st Batt Scots Guards, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, British E. Force, France’. The postcard reads:- ‘Dear Tom,

Thanks for the P/Cs you have sent, we value them very much. We are very well and pleased to hear that Willie Higham is keeping company with Gerty Silcock. Love from Maggie. P.S. Harry is going to write you.’

This postcard bears a letter ‘C’ in blue pencil: presumably the ‘censors’ mark. This is a very poignant item as, almost certainly, it had been returned to Leyland as part of Thomas Carr’s personal effects after he had died on 30th September 1915.

Thomas Carr. WE Waring  2003