CAREW, Jasper

Carew, JLieutenant West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own).

Born

June 1894.
Son of the late Reverend William Henry Carew (Vicar of Rattery, Devon) and Maude Eliza Carew of Airlie, South Brent and of Wier Down, Avonwick, Devon.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Schoolhouse”, April 1908 –Summer 1912, starting at Blundell’s from the age of 13.
He was an active member of the school OTC and a good shot. He was a valued member of the school VIII and only just missed obtaining his first football colours.

Service

He had only just received his commission from Sandhurst in Summer 1914 and was immediately sent to France on active service.

Death

14th October 1914, aged 20.
His Captain, E Welchman, wrote to his mother two days after, “Dear Mrs. Carew, No doubtless you will have heard ere this reaches its destination of the sad death of your son in action on the 14th inst. As he was commanding one of the platoons of my company and was within five yards of me when he was hit, I wanted to let you have a hurried line to offer my sympathy and regret. My company advanced against the Germans at about 2.30pm: we developed against them and, outflanking their position, drove them from isolated farms and houses. At about 4pm I went forwards to see what was going on and saw Germans in small numbers advancing. I called forwards your son with his platoon, we fixed bayonets and, charging, drove them off with some loss. A German maxim then opened fire at about 500 yards knocking out a few men; in silencing the maxim your son was hit by more than one bullet in the head and he was killed immediately. I don’t think he even knew he was hit, it was quite instantaneous. He was a very brave boy. The previous day he and I lay side by side for three hours under heavy rifle and shrapnel fire and he never flinched. The men were very fond of him and I feel him a personal as well as military loss.”
Captain Welshman was himself killed, just ten days after writing this letter. The officer Commanding the Battalion also wrote to Mrs. Carew, providing further details of the death “I am sure you will know, without my expressing it, how we all share and sympathise in your great loss. He was beloved by everyone – always cheery and bright under all circumstances, and we have had some trying ones. A most promising officer, absolutely fearless and he had done so well. He fell wile gallantly leading his platoon in an advance guard action between Tout Verrier and Le Verrier near Hazebrouck. It was quite instantaneous, and he suffered no pain whatever and never moved.”

Burial/Commemoration

Y Farm Military Cemetery, .Grave N. 13. Bois-Grenier, Armitieres Nord, France.
The commanding Officer also provided information about the burial “He was buried where he fell and the place marked, I think, with a cross just on the left of the road.” After the armistice he was exhumed and his body reburied in Y Farm Military Cemetery.

Memorial

Bois Grenier is a small village in the Department of the Nord, about 4 kilometres due South of Armentieres. The cemetery was named after a nearby farm, called by the Army "Y" (or Wye) Farm. It was begun in March 1915 and after the Armistice it was increased when graves were brought in from the battlefields south of Armentieres and from other small cemeteries. The cemetery enclosure and memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew: Medal Rolls: WO372/
“The Blundellian”
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5256
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 13/259

 

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