Charles Carr was born in Burnley the son of Daniel and Mary Ann Carr of
36 Godley Street, Burnley. He lived at 5 Forest Street and was the husband
of Mary Elizabeth Carr (who later remarried and became Mrs Holdsworth
and lived at 86 Dall Street, Burnley). He served as Corporal 9183 in the
1st Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He died in Ipswich from phthisis
contracted as a prisoner of war aged 36 on Wednesday 9th February 1921.
“Another Released War Prisoner. Joy on reaching Holland”
( Burnley Express of January 26th 1918 )
Another British prisoner of war to be released from Germany and now in
Holland, is Corporal William Carr of Burnley. He enlisted in the 2nd Lancashire
Fusiliers under the name of Crossley, and was captured August 26th 1914.
At first reported missing, he soon sent a note on a scrap of paper to
say that he was made a prisoner. Corpl. Carr had served with the colours
about eight years, and four on the reserve, and he was almost a time expired
man when war broke out. Before re-joining, he was a weaver and, also worked
at the North Street baths in the evenings. He has been in several camps
in Germany and now writes from Holland describing his journey from Soldan.
At Hanover on the 3rd Inst., he says :- “We had to wait on the station
until 12.0 (midnight): for another train, and when the train came in it
was packed with their own troops going to the front, so we had to wait.
Well we missed three like this, eventually seating ourselves at 2.14am
on the 4th in a train bound for Aachen. We crossed the border about 8.30am.,
and then a cheer broke from us – we could not help it. At 9.00am
we left the Deutsch sentries and train, and were taken into a hall where
we had something to eat, cigarettes, cigars, English papers, and I don’t
know what. Talk about being happy , you should have seen the 300 of us
who had been behind barbed wire for over three years and then found ourselves
free. Well we left here at 11.00am, on a Dutch train and no sentries!!
– and from Velns to this place every station was packed with people
giving us a welcome. When we arrived here at the station there were hundreds
of people; and didn’t they cheer as we marched through the crowd
to an hotel where we were welcomed by the British Ambassador, the Dutch
Ambassador, and generals and officers of two armies. Then there were some
ladies amongst them being Lady Towneley. We heard words from their Majesties
the King and Queen of England, Rt. Hon. Mr Balfour, Mr Carson, and very
touching words they were too. It took us all our time to keep out tears
back but we soon checked them when we gave cheers for these people. You
should have heard us – well I am still hoarse with it. After tea
we rode to a house where I am writing this letter. This is Sunday and
I am going to church to a thanksgiving service”
Wedding on 31st December 1918 at St Peter’s Church. William Charles
Carr age 34, bachelor, soldier of 10 Clegg Street son of Daniel Carr (deceased)
Builder married Mary Elizabeth Jackson age 31 Spinster of 10 Godley St
daughter of Isaac Jackson (deceased) carter. Witnesses were William Thomas
Howarth and Agnes Ann Carr.
Witness at a wedding
Wedding on 1/2/13 at St Peter’s Church. William Thomas Howarth,
aged 27 widower, weaver of 86 Master Street, son of John William Howarth,
weaver, married Margaret Emma Blaylock, spinster, weaver, of 10 Godley
Street daughter of George Blaylock, Joiner. Witnesses were WILLIAM CHARLES
CARR and Mary Elizabeth Jackson. .
1901 Census – 36 Godley Street - Mary Ann Carr (52) widow, John
Crossley Carr (23) rope and twine worker born Brierfield, Dan (18) cotton
warehouseman , Mary Jane (20) weaver, William Charles (16) weaver, Edith
(14) weaver, Agnes Ann (12) Laura Jennett (6).