CAREW, Coventry George Warrington

Major 7th Bn., attd. 1st Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment.

Born

1870. Son of the late Rev. John Warrington Carew and Mary Anne Carew of Clatworthy, Taunton.

Education

Blundell's School, “North Close”, January 1882 – Christmas 1886, entering Blundell’s at the age of 12.
He was noted as a public speaker of considerable eloquence and vigour.

Service

Although engaged in important business in the West Indies, he returned to Britain to serve his King and Country. In May 1915 he gained a Lieutenants rank and the following December was promoted to captain.

Trench Diaries

The 1st Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment were part of 14th Brigade, 32nd Division. On 1st July the battalion attacked towards Leipzig Redoubt in front of Thiepval village advancing from Authuille woods and suffered heavy casualties. They were also involved in attacks at Ovilliers and Bouzincourt that month but on the 19th they began a march to the Bethune area. They returned to the Somme at the end of October, moved to Mailly-Maillet on 15th November, and relieved front line trenches there the next day. They supported the attack on Frankfort trench and Ten Tree Alley between Serre and Beaumont Hamel on the 18th November, remaining in front line trenches until the 23rd November when they were relieved to Mailly-Maillet.

Death

20th November 1916, aged 45. Between Serre and Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Burial/Commemoration

Major Carew has no known grave so is commemorated on Theipval Memorial, Theipval, Somme, Pillar 7, face B.

Memorial

Theipval Memorial is on the D73, off the Main Bapaume to Albert (D929).
The Memorial, 150 feet high, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and can be seen from many of the battle sites in the surrounding area. It has sixteen piers on whose faces the names of all the men who have no known grave, is inscribed. An excellent interpretation centre has been built nearby with research facilities and an “on line” memorial to the missing which contains much valuable information.

Surviving Family

He left a widow, Mary Jane Carew and three grown-up daughters at his home in Ashburton. By 1920 they had moved to “Rocklands” Vicarage Rd., Chelston, Torquay, Devon.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The National Archives, Kew WO 339/27988
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 25/490
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part I 1770 – 1882” (1904) FISHER, A., Ed. Entry No. 3544
“British battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R. (2004) p 173, Pen and Sword
Field visit (JEA & GRY 28/7/2006)

 

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