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Carrington, Harold Edward (1886-1916)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Harold Edward Carrington (1886-1916), born 10 November 1886 at Ankerbold, Derbyshire. Only son of Arthur Carrington JP, VD, of Langdale House, Bedford, and Florence Carrington (nee Binns), of Northam House, Northam, North Devon.


Attended Bedford Grammar School.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1899-April 1905; 6th form; Longmuir Drawing prize 1903.


Professional Associate of the Surveyors' Institute, and employed in the Government Land Survey Valuation.


WW1, Gazetted Lieutenant, 11th (Service) Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment in March 1915; transferred to 15th (Service) Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment in August 1915; promoted Captain in November 1915. Went to France in May 1916, and appointed Adjutant. Killed in action in the attack on Flers on the Somme front at dawn on 15 September 1916, and buried where he fell north of Delville Wood.


Commemorated at:

Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 7 C and 7 B,%2...


Northam churchyard, Devon.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour. A. Carrington donated £5 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of his son, Capt. H.E. Carrington.


His Colonel wrote to Carrington's father: "Your son was killed just before the battalion attacked on 15 September. It was due to him almost entirely that the battalion obtained their assembly formation with little trouble and practically no loss. I believe he was standing behind his men when he was shot by a machine gun through the head and died instantaneously. I cannot tell you how sorry we all were. He was without doubt the most popular officer of the battalion. During the months he acted as Adjutant he had a great deal of work to do, and always did it to my entire satisfaction. He was devoted to the regiment, and I am sure that had he lived for an hour longer, would have died content in the knowledge that his men did all that was asked of them, though at a heavy cost. He was a first-rate officer, keen and knowledgeable, and with brother officers, I mourn the loss of one of England's most gallant sons."

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