Joseph Victor CARR
Rank: Private
Number: S/15965
Unit: 9th Battalion BLACK WATCH
Date of Death: 19 September 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

He was the son of William & Alice Carr and had been born in Manchester. He worked at Cheadle Post Office and lived with his parents in the village.

He enlisted in London and joined then Army Cyclist Corps (service number 7446). At some point he transferred units. Because the date of his transfer is not known, it is not possible to identify which battles he may have fought in. In 1916, the Battalion was holding front line trenches in the Loos salient, Albert and at Contalmaison between January and August. On 17 August, there was heavy fighting around Delville Wood, within the Somme battlefield.

On 15 September, a British advance captured the village of Martinpuich. The Regiment's Official History records that "The Battalion next moved on September 11th, to Shelter Wood in Brigade support, going up to the front line in the Martinpuich left sector on the 17th. This was an exceptionally unpleasant tour. Not only did the enemy deluge the area with heavy artillery fire, but torrents of rain converted the half finished trenches into quagmires, making work on them well-nigh impossible. Fortunately, they only remained there for two days, but during that time they lost seven other ranks killed, 37 wounded and one missing." 

Joseph will have been one of the 37 wounded in action. He will have been taken to a Casualty Clearing Station (mobile hospital), at Dernancourt, where he died.

(Note: Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials Project)

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