William Herbert Carr

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Portsmouth
Service No.: 320974
Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Regiment: London City
Battalion: 2/6th (Rifle Brigade)
Died: 20th September 1917 aged 27 years
Death location: 3rd Batle of Ypres, Belgium


Life before the War
William was the third of 4 siblings born to William George Rendell and Helena Harriet E, nee Leach.  They married in Portsmouth in 1884.

William senior was born in Newcastle on 29th October 1857 and died in Chichester on 9th November 1906.  Helena was born in Gosport in 1864 and she passed away in Portsmouth in 1925.

William’s 3 siblings were:

William George Henry   b.1885 Portsmouth and died in the same year in Portsmouth.

Helena Daisy   born 20th September 1887 in Portsmouth and died in 1945 in Balham.
Married William G Chitty in Lambeth in 1914.

Gladys Lilian   b.1894 Portsmouth and died in 1967 in Portsmouth.

William junior married Violet Lavinia Sturgess in Alton in 1909.  They had a daughter, also named Violet:

Violet B   b.1914 Southampton and d.2002 Merton in Surrey.
Married Leslie F Weeks in Winchester in 1952.


War Service 
The 2/6th Rifle Brigade was formed in August 1914 and was based in various places in the UK.  The formation was retitled as the 174th Brigade of the 58th Division.  The Battalion was mobilised for war in January 1917 and landed at Le Havre on the 25th of that month.

During the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917 William’s brigade would have been involved in the new “leap frog” method of advance.  This involved waves of infantry stopping once they had reached their objective.  They then consolidated the ground whilst other waves passed through the objective to attack the next one whilst the earlier waves became the tactical reserve.

William met his end during the Third Battle of Ypres, being killed in action just north-east of St. Julien.  He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 20th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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