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Carr-Ellison, Oswald Fenwicke Clennell (1895-1918)

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: Oswald Fenwicke Clennell Carr-Ellison, born 13 June 1895, son of John Ralph Carr-Ellison and Edith Maude Mary Carr-Ellison of Allerburn, Alnwick, Northumberland, formerly of Dunston Hill, Durham, and Hedgeley, Northumberland.


Attended Canon Moore's School, Lea Bank, Alnmouth.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) May 1909-September 1914; 1st XV rugby football team 1913; a fine athlete, winning the high jump and hurdles.


The Shirburnian, June 1911:

'The Athletic Sports.

We are afraid there will be a tendency to associate the Sports of 1911 with an epidemic of German Measles. It certainly is true that the number of competitors was considerably reduced, but we maintain that the quality of the running was well up to the standard of recent years and that it afforded those who were looking on a good deal of interest and excitement…. Carr-Ellison, who is one of the several distinctly promising juniors, had no trouble in winning the junior ‘quarter’ (mile)… Both the Senior and Junior Hurdle Races were won very easily by Carr-Ellison in 18 secs. Surely Carr-Ellison must develop into a really first-rate hurdler. His method is entirely orthodox and approved of by the best authorities, and his style is delightfully graceful and easy. We are looking forward with great interest to his hurdling in say two years time when we think he will prove a worthy successor to Garnier. Carr-Ellison also won the Junior High Jump, here again, his style is attractive and his movements suggest elasticity.'


WW1, Captain in the Northumberland Fusiliers. Joined the Special Reserve Battalion in October 1914. Gazetted lieutenant in the Special Reserve on 19 June 1915, and left for France on 24 July 1915. Afterwards, he served with the Salonika Force until July 1918. The Order of the White Eagle (5th Class) was conferred upon him by the King of Serbia in recognition of his gallantry in leading his company in September 1916. He was acting captain from September 1916 to April 1917. He returned to France and was killed there on the evening of 5 October 1918, aged 22, while commanding his company.


Commemorated at:

Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, II.A.14,%...


On a number of war memorials in Alnwick.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; no.60 memorial pew in the School chapel; Abbey House roll of honour. Mrs Carr-Ellison donated £10 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of her son, Lt. O.F.C. Carr-Ellison.


His Colonel wrote: 'He had been with me for over three years, with only a short break, and I had got to know him so well. He was killed on the evening of October 4th while commanding his company. That morning he had already taken part in an attack on a certain village, which was not taken at the time. The attack was renewed in the evening, and, thanks to the leading of your son and other officers of the regiment, was completely successful... Your son's leading and coolness, and the splendid example he set his men, were especially noticed. The divisional commander himself spoke to me about the splendid work of these two companies... He was one of the most conscientious men I have known and was loved by his men.'

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