HARRY WILLIAM CARRITT*

 

Born: 23rd August 1887, Trowse cum Newton, Norfolk.

Died: 8th July 1916; age 27; KiA – Contalmaison, France. He was wounded by a shell explosion, initially surviving but dying soon after. His body was not recovered from the battlefield.

 

Residence: Orwell Lodge, Portishead, Somersetshire.

Cadet in the Bristol University, O.T.C. in 1914. Commissioned from the Bristol University Officer Training Corps to the 3rd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment on 10th February 1915. Joined 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment in April 1915 as a reinforcement after the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915. An officer of “C” Company at Aubers Ridge on 9th May 1915. Appointed as a temporary Lieutenant on 10th June 1915. Appointed as temporary Captain on 28th February 1916. Fought at Aubers Ridge (“C” Company), Loos & Contalmaison. Believed to have served continuously with the battalion from April 1915 until his death in July 1916. Rank: Captain; Regiment: Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Military Cross as a Second Lieutenant (temp. Captain), King’s Birthday Honour.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Cross

Gazetted 3rd June 1916.

 

Grave Reference:

Pier & Face 11A & 11D.

Thiepval Memorial,

Somme,

France.

 

CENSUS  

 

1891   Trowse Street, Trowse cum Newton, Norfolk.

 

Harry was 3 years old and living with his widowed father.

Thomas Alfred John Carritt, 39, a Congregational Minister, born Writtle, Essex.

1 housekeeper.

2 domestic servants.

 

1901   15, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.

 

Harry was 13 years old and living with his father and step mother.

Thomas, 48, a Congregational Minister.

Mary Ritchie Carritt (nee Prentice), 50, born Ipswich.

1 visitor (& former housekeeper).

1 general domestic servant.

 

Harry’s mother was Harriet Carritt (nee Bissill), born 1855, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire – died 1887, Trowse cum Newton, Norfolk.

 

Harry attended Northgate School, Ipswich.
Passed Matriculation Examination at University College London.
Spent some years as a missionary in China.
Student of Faculty of Commerce at Birmingham University (Summer 1913 to Winter 1914), studying to return to China.

The members and friends of the Church on the Hill, at Cabstand, Portishead erected a tablet in the church in memory of Harry.

Harry’s father the Reverend Thomas Carritt was the pastor at the church during the First World War years. The pastor went sometimes to preach in Bristol, under a scheme to help Bristol churches whose pastors were on active service as chaplains.

After the war Thomas Carritt retired from the ministry and settled in Ipswich. His parting shot to the congregation at Portishead was to chide them for not yet having women deacons – a development which had already been adopted in Ipswich, and which Mr Carritt clearly believed was the way forward for the church. He died in 1928.

 

Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich.

Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion:http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/northamptonshire-regiment/

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