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Bernard Carr (1886-1941)

Hartlepool man served with Royal Engineers

Born on 12 June 1886, Bernard Carr was one of nine children born to Patrick and Hannah Carr, who is sometimes recorded as Honoh Carr. Two of these children did not survive infancy. Bernard and Hannah were both originally from Ireland but at some point moved to Hartlepool where they were married in 1879. Patrick originally worked as a dock labourer, but by 1901 the Carr family had moved to 7 Tennant Street where Patrick was a beer house keeper. Several boarders, mainly from Ireland, also lived with the family. At the time of the 1911 census Patrick had retired from being a publican. Bernard, along with his two younger brothers, was working as a ship plate riveter.

It is not clear when Bernard attested in the army but we know he began his service in France on 26 August 1915. He served as a sapper in the Royal Engineers with the service number 43975. Bernard’s brother James also served as a sapper alongside him, with the service number 43974. Bernard’s younger brother Patrick served as part of both the Durham Light Infantry and Machine Gun Corps before being discharged following gunshot wounds to his leg and foot.

After the war Bernard returned to Hartlepool and in 1920, following the death of his father in 1917, was living with his mother and younger brother Patrick. In 1923 Bernard married Kathleen Welsh O’Neill. The couple had at least five children during their marriage. At the time of the 1939 Register Bernard was living in West Hartlepool with his wife and at least three of their children. Bernard was working as a hotel cellarman. He died a few years later in 1941.

More information about Bernard can be found at the following link:

Birth date: 12-Jun-1886

Death date: 1941

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 13 Pimlico Street, West Hartlepool (1891 census)
7 Tennant Street, West Hartlepool (1901, 1911 Census)
39 Elliott Street, West Hartlepool (1939 Register)

Employment: Ship plate riveter (1911 census)
Hotel cellarman (1939 register)

Family: Parents: Patrick Carr, Honor or Hannah Carr nee Walls
Siblings: Mary Ann Carr, Thomas Carr, Honor Carr, Patrick Carr, James Carr, Sabina Carr
Wife: Kathleen Welsh Carr nee O’Neill
Children: Mary Carr, Kathleen Carr, Bernard Carr, Patrick Carr, Joseph Carr

Military service:

Royal Engineers
Service Number 43975

Medal(s): 1914/15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Gender: Male

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