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Robert Cecil Harrison Carr was born and enlisted in Northampton. He initially enlisted into the Army Service Corps and was given the service number 285935.

At the time of his joining the Army Reserve on 9th December 1915, he was living at 163 St James Road, Northampton. He was employed a tinsmith and shop assistant in his Grandfathers ‘Retail Ironmongery’ business, his mother was also working there. Robert was unmarried and had no previous military experience. He was 21 years 4 months old and declared his mother, Jane as his next of kin.

On 29th January 1917 Robert was mobilized, he reported to Grove Park, Greenwich  London (A.S.C depot) the following day. On 5th February he qualified as a Driver, class ‘Learner’.

On 26th April 1917, Robert embarked at Folkestone; landing in Boulogne later that day. The next day he was in Etaples. joining the 30th (I).B.D.

On 11th May 1917, Robert was transferred into the 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service number 27823. Exactly three months later he was killed in action.

On 11th August 1917, Robert was killed. Following on from the Battle of Pilkem (a phase of the Third Battles of Ypres), the 74th Brigade were tasked to renew the attack on Westhoek, which had been held up so far. The Brigade successfully took their objective, but sustained very heavy casualties in the process, one of which was Private Robert C H Carr.

Robert Carr is remembered on the Menin Gate memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 27823
Date of Death: 11/08/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Panel 41 and 43.

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