CARR, Edward Martin
(Service number 36406)
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank||Lance Corporal|
|Date||16 December 1889||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Date||23 September 1916||Age||26 yrs 6 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||162 Wordsworth St, Christchurch|
|Occupation||Blacksmith (N Z Railways)|
|Previous Military Experience||Yes|
|Marital Status||Married. Married Mary HALLIDAY on 4 June 1913 in Christchurch. Children - Edward Martin CARR, born 5 September 1913 in Christchurch; John Joseph CARR, born 28 September 1915 in Christchurch.|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M. CARR (wife), 162 Wordsworth Street, Sydenham, Christchurch|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight157 lbs. Chest measurement 36-40 inches. Eyes blue. Hair dark brown. Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No minor defects. No fits. Declared 'Fit'.|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Reinforcements G Company|
|Date||19 January 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
On 12 or 13 October 1917, in the Messines battle, he was wounded in the left hand and admitted to hospital. .
|Date||27 March 1918||Age||28 yrs|
|Place of Death||Somme, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Waimate Old Cemetery - memorial on parents' headstone.|
|Memorial Reference||II. L. 43. Waimate - Roman Catholic Area, Plots 000551 &000552|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial; St Joseph's Church Temuka; Waimate War Memorial; St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)|
Edward Martin CARR was born in Temuka, the eldest son of Edward and Sarah (nee DUNN) CARR, of Temuka. He was educated at Temuka (St Joseph's School?). Ted learned his blacksmith's trade with his father. Prior to enlisting, Edward was employed in the New Zealand Railways, and he enlisted with several other railway men in the 21st Reinforcements. On 4 June 1913 in Christchurch, he married Mary HALLIDAY. They had two sons born before Edward left for the War. Mary was later of Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland, then C/o Mrs J. Holmes, Lochend Farm, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His personnel file indicates that a will was left with solicitors in Christchurch; it has not been traced. His plaque and advice re his medals were forwarded to Mrs Mary CARR, C/o Post Office, Waihao Forks, Waimate. His brothers John Joseph CARR and Owen CARR were both killed in action on 30 March 1918 in the Palestine, just three days after Edward. Thus their parents lost three sons in a matter of three days. In addition, their uncle, a brother of their father Edward, was killed in action on 13 August 1918. .
Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0022988) [18 October 2013]; CWGC [09 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 10 November 1917, 19 April 1918, 26 April 1918, 29 March 1920 (Papers Past) [09 October 2013; 08 June 2014]; Headstone transcription Waimate Old Cemetery (South Canterbury Branch NZSG Cemetery Records microfiche) [08 August 2014]; Waimate Cemetery Records (Waimate District Council) [23 August 2014]
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