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L/Cpl 21689 Francis Carew

  • Age: 25
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Tuesday 11th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.
L/Cpl 21689 Francis CAREW, 19th KLR.

Francis Carew was born in 1891, the fourth child and second son of Mary Carew. His father died while Francis was very young. In 1891, the year Francis was born, Mary Carew describes herself as a widow in the Census return, when she is living with her father, Thomas Garrity, and her four children 9 Greenfield Lane, Litherland. In 1901 she describes herself as a widow and charwoman, bringing up her four children and living 19 Bath Street, Waterloo. Her eldest child, Josephine, then aged 18 years, is employed as a laundress. In 1911 the only member of the family I have been able to find in the Census is Josephine, who is described as a nurse working in the Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary.

On 25th September 1914, aged 23 years and 180 days, Francis Carew enlists at Liverpool as Private 21689 in the 19th Battalion, KLR, describing himself as a watchmaker. He embarked for France on 7th November 1915 and on 18th January 1916 was appointed Unpaid Lance Corporal and on 7th February was slightly wounded but remained on duty. His Service Record shows that on 11th July 1916, aged 22 years, he was killed in action and was buried near Bernafay Wood. Despite the fact that a map reference is given, it would appear that his body was never recovered as he is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

In September 1916, his mother, now living at 1 Cooper’s Row, Waterloo, writes to the Army asking if there is any further information about her son “who has been reported missing since July 11 1916”. On 12th September, she receives a negative reply, suggesting that at least until that date the military had not formally notified her of her son’s death. In the declaration she sent to the Infantry HQ at Preston, Mary reports that Francis’s brother, Richard aged 35 years, is “supposed to be in America”; her daughter Josephine, aged 37, is “a nurse somewhere in France”; and her other daughter has married. His record shows that Francis was court-martialled on 15th July 1915 for “not complying with an order “but was released, having given an acceptable explanation for his actions. His mother received his three medals. 

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