Harold George Carrington.

Harold enlisted in the HCB sometime before the 3/10/1914 at Huntingdon Depot, where his is first recorded as being a private with the HCB number 377.  At the time of enlistment he gave George Francis and Grace Susan Carrington (nee Stocker) of St. Mary's Street, Eynesbury as his parents.  Records indicate he served in the 2/1st & 1/1st Battalions.  At some time he was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment with the regimental number 20731.  Whilst in this regiment he was killed on the 18/8/1916 in France.  Before the war he was a Cycle maker @ H. Ashman High Street, St. Neots, Huntingdonshire

St.NeotsLocal paper clippings.      1/9/1916 = Pte. H. Carrington, of St. Neots.

The report printed in our last issue that Pte. Harold Carrington, Hunts Cyclist, of St. Neots, has been killed, was alas! only too true.  His mother, Mrs. G. Carrington, Brook Street, has received the following letter announcing the sad news:  The Royal Warwickshire Regiment.  Dear Mrs. Carrington, - I regret to have to inform you that your son, No. 377; Pte. H. G. Carrington was killed in action on August 18th, during an attack on the enemy trenches.  Your sonís conduct was most gallant during the attack, and it only remains for me to assure you of the deepest sympathy of myself, and the men with you in your great loss.  Yours sincerely, G. Mann, Lieut. Col.,  Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 

August 22nd - Before joining the Army the deceased soldier worked for Mr. H. Ashman, cycle maker, Huntingdon Street, who found him a most trustworthy, industrious and capable workman.  His death is deeply regretted in the town.  His age was 19.

Data from the 1901 census indicates that Harold George Carrington was born on the Isle of Wight, and his brother Percy Albert in Southampton.  His brother Percy married a lady named Elsie [nee Woodbine].  His parents and their younger siblings were all born in and around Huntingdonshire - the family all lived in St Neots.

1/9/1916 - Pte. H. Carrington, of St. Neots - The report printed in our last issue that Pte. Harold Carrington, Hunts. Cyclists, of St. Neots, has been killed, was alas! only too true. His mother, Mrs. G. Carrington, Brook Street, has recieved the following letter announcing the sad news: - 'The Royal Warwickshire Regt. - Dear Mrs. Carrington, - I regret to have to inform you that your son, No. 377, Pte. H. G. Carrington, was killed in action on August 18th, during an attack on an enemy trench. Your son's conduct was most gallant during the attack, and it only remains for me to assure you of the deepest sympathy of myself, and my officers and men with you in your great loss, Yours Sincerely, G. Mann, Lieut. Colonel, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. August 22nd. Before joining the Army the deceased soldier worked for Mr. H. Ashman, cycle maker, Huntingdon Street, who found him a most trustworthy industrious and capable workman. His death is greatly regretted in the town. His age was 19.

Remembering his name in France.

He was private 20731 1st/5th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment formerly 1st/1st, Huntingdon Cyclist Bn who died on Friday, 18th August 1916. Age 19. Son of George F. and Grace Carrington, of St. Mary's St., Eynesbury, St. Neots, Hunts. 

He is buried in OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France in grave IV. I. 6.  

Local paper clippings - unidentified source - possibly St. Neots Advertiser - 17/8/1917

In loving memory of our dear son HAROLD eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Carrington, St. Mary's Street, Eynesbury, Killed in action in France, Aug. 18th, 1916, aged 19 years.

'Forget him! - No, never will, For in our hearts he liveth still; His memory is as dear today, As at the hour he passed away, From his sorrowing Mother, Father, Brothers and Sister'.

 
Many thanks to Sarah Carrington the grand-niece of Pte. Harold George Carrington and  grand daughter of his brother Percy Albert Carrington.

According to the 1901 census Harold George Carrington was born on the Isle of Wight, and his brother Percy Albert Carrington in Southampton.

Harold was the eldest of the family, he had 4 brothers: Percy Albert, Frederick Baden,

Edward, Alfred Reginald, and 1 sister: Grace Ena.

Sarah adds to the family history 'My grandmotherís cousin, William Osborne Woodbine, had emigrated to Canada (from Doddington, Cambridgeshire) and so was in the Canadian infantry when he was killed in Belgium.   Coincidentally William and Harold were killed on the same day, 18-08-1916. Obviously they wouldnít have known each other, but years later Williamís cousin Elsie would go on to marry Haroldís brother Percy.  Sarah has visited both graves in France.

 

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Carrington - Harold George - 1/5 Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regiment (T. F.) - 18/08/16

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