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SCarr3Silvester Carr was born in 1890 in Warton, Nr. Lytham, Lancashire. He was the son of Thomas and Margaret Carr (nee Westhead).

In 1911, Silvester was living at home with his widowed father Thomas,  two sisters Jane (b.1894) and Rebecca (b.1905) and a brother Thomas James who was born in 1904. The family were living at 73 Lytham Road, Freckleton and Silvester was working as a railway cleaner for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company.

In 1913 Silvester married a local girl Ellen Hargreaves. They lived together a short way from his parents address at 17, Lytham Road.

On the 26th May, 1915 Silvester signed up for the duration of the war and was put in the 3/4th Battalion. He was given the Service No. 3946 and would later be allocated the new style number of 201436. After his medical inspection Silvester is described as being 5`4” tall, weighing 126lbs and with good physical development.

Silvester’s service papers show that he was at home from 26/5/15 to 12/10/15 and then he embarked at Southampton bound for France with the ‘second’ body of reinforcements.

Silvester was then sent to join the 1/4th Battalion. His service papers show that he was with the 164th Brigade ‘Runner Section’ until 5th February 1917. It was at this time  he unfortunately suffered with a bout of scabies. He finally re-joined his battalion on 21st March, 1917.

On the 6th July 1918 a report appeared in the Preston Guardian;

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Although the newspaper article states the cause of death as `heart failure` his service papers have further information stating that Silvester was admitted dead on 24th May, 1918 at the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station and the final conclusion gives the cause of death as: Cerebral embolism, cerebral softening or cerebral hemorrhage.

Ellen Carr was awarded 13s/9d a week from 2nd December, 1918 and took receipt of Sylvester’s effects which included a wallet, photographs, letters, cigarette case, mirror, watch and guard, pipe, purse, cigarette holder, 3 religious books, 2 cloth badges, calendar, 2 ID Discs (1 blank) and a metal ring.

Private Silvester Carr was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals and is buried with honour at Pernes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He is also remembered on the Freckleton War Memorial.

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The Freckleton War Memorial

 

Rank: Private
Service No: 201436
Date of Death: 24/05/1918
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Cemetery: PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY

Janet Davis

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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