CARR, Owen Patrick
(Service number 17384)

Aliases Owen CARR on enlistment.
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 14 July 1895 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 10 March 1916 Age 20 yrs 6 mths
Address at Enlistment 162 Wordsworth St, Christchurch
Occupation Labourer (working for his father at Waihao Forks)
Previous Military Experience Garrison Artillery; discharged to enlist.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Edward CARR (father), Waihao Forks, Waimate
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 142 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair brown.Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest both well formed. Full movement of joints. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. Vaccinated. No slight defects. No fits. Deemed Fit. Two hearts pierced by arrow tattoos on left forearm. Tattoo mark on right forearm.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF)
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 18th Reinforcements, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Date 5 October 1916
Transport Manuka
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

17 November 1916 while at Cairo, admitted to Military Hospital Citadel, and on 19 November discharged to the General Hospital at Alexandria. On 26 Novemebr 1916 he was admitted with Gonorrhoea, and discharged on 8 December. In April 1917 admitted to hospital with dysentry. In August 1917 and again in September 1917 admitted to hospital with diptheria; reported improving.

Post-war Occupations


Date 30 March 1918 Age 21 yrs 8 mths
Place of Death Palestine
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Syria. Waimate Old Cemetery - memorial on parents' headstone.
Memorial Reference D. 98. 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)

Biographical Notes

Owen was the third son of Mr & Mrs Edward CARR, of Waihao Forks, Waimate. He was educated in Temuka (at St Joseph's?). In 1916 and 1917 he was admitted to hospital several times. Owen was first reported as 'missing, believed dead' after the action at Amman on 30 March 1918. He was not reported as a Prisoner of War. As a result of the finding of a Court of Enquiry on 28 October 1918, he was declared 'Killed in Action'. By the evidence of one who was with him on 30 March and who accompanied the burial party over the ground of the action on 20 September 1918, a pair of britches known to belong to Carr, as 'they were sewn up the back with string in a peculiar way', was found on one of several bodies buried in a grave on the battle field. Another found a hat which was recognised as Carr's; moreover, it had his name written inside. There was a bullet hole through the hat at the front, and another at the back. On revisiting the body identified as Carr's, they found the skull had bullet holes similar to those in the hat. They were poisitive in their identification and believed that death would have been instanteous. His brother Edward Martin CARR was killed in action on 27 March 1918 at the Somme, and another, John Joseph CAR, was killed in action on 30 March 1918 in the Palestine - on the same day and in the same conflict as Owen, and is buried in the same cemetery. Thus their parents lost three sons in a matter of three days. In addition, their uncle John CARR, a brother of their father Edward, was killed in action on 13 August 1918. Owen was well known and well liked in the district. He left no will. Advice re his Medals was forwarded to his father, Edward CARR, of Waihao Forks. Plaque and scroll were sent to his father..


Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0023029) [18 October 2013]; CWGC [09 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 10 April 1918, 2 December 1918, 3 December 1918, 30 March 1920, Ashburton Guardian, 9 April 1918, (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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