7912 Private John Carr.

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2nd Battalion,Lancashire Fusiliers.

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette of 23 June 1915.

Carr was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnely Express of 26 January 1918 reported: - A BURNLEY HERO. MEDAL WON IN 1914 RECEIVED THIS WEEK. Private John Carr (7912), 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, of 12, Granby Street, Burnley, hero of a hundred engagements, and one of the first Burnley men to win the Distinguished Conduct Medal, is now home on leave, and still wears, as the above photograph, which was taken recently, shows, a smile that speaks of true Lancashire grit - "the smile that won't come off.!" Private Carr may justly be described a hardened warrior. He served in the South African War without being injured, and as a reservist, was called up at the outbreak of the present war. For three and a half years he has faced death on the French battlefields, and has only once been injured. It was on the 24th May, 1915, when acting as a stretcher bearer, that he received his one and only wound, when a flying piece of shrapnel caught him in the throat and necessitated his confinement to hospital for about a month. The gallant deed for which Carr was recommended for the D.C.M. occured in the latter end of 1914, when the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were "going over the top" at Plug Street Wood. With characteristic bravery, Private Carr successfully carried an important dispatch under heavy enemy shell fire, and earned distinction for himself, and the following letter of appreciation from his General: - "Your commanding officer and brigade commander have informed me that you have distinguished yourself by conspicuous bravery in the field. I have read their report with much pleasure.- H. F. M. Wilson, Major-General Commanding 4th Division." Although his decoration was earned so long ago as the latter end of 1914, his medal only came to hand last Wednesday. Private Carr was formerly employed at Burnley Paper Works. He returns to France tomorrow (Wednesday).

The citation for the Distinguished Conduct Medal published in the London Gazette reads: - "For conspicuous courage and devotion to duty as company orderly. Private Carr has frequently taken messages up to the front line under heavy fire."