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Eric Carthy 

Eric Carthy

Male 1896 - 1915

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  • Birth  13 Mar 1896  Ashton under Lyne, , Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Military  WW1 
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    Carthy,Eric-WW1.jpg
    Military  1914  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    WW1, 18th Regiment, Service #54209 
    Military  1914  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    WW1, Private, 18th Battalion 
    Misfortune  1915 
    killed in WW1 
    Residence  , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence  39 Waterloo St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-72949 
    Died  26 Dec 1915  , Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried  Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, near, Ypres, , West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I72949  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Joseph Carthy,   b. Abt 1864,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Harriet Beethby,   b. Abt 1864,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F15068  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Unimaginable grief' when two mothers lose four sons

      Ten local soldiers were killed 100 years ago, capturing a ruined French village on the Western Front.

      It was among the bloodiest days this community endured in the First World War and it happened Sept. 15, 1916, at the Somme battlefield.

      The telegrams reached home three weeks later. Two mothers suffered the most.

      Harriet Carthy learned that her son Percy was killed in action. That's after his brother Eric was killed in an earlier skirmish. Annie McNicol learned that her son James was killed in action. That's after his brother Alexander died of his wounds following an earlier skirmish.

      Percy and James climbed out of the trenches at 6:24 a.m. They were in the first wave to attack the German front line, aiming for the ruins of Courcelette.

      The men of their 18th infantry battalion advanced under shrapnel and bullets, inching forward on their bellies, using corpses as cover, after the enemy caught them in the open in no man's land. Percy, James, and more than 90 comrades were killed.

      James, 22, checked train cars before he enlisted. He was a cheerful man who played in the battalion band. "I knew there was something wrong," Annie said, absorbing the terrible news. She hadn't received a letter from her son in three weeks.

      Percy, 21, was a labourer. The Kitchener News Record consoled his mother by lauding her dead sons as heroes: "Their example inculcated by the spirit of manhood will not die."

      Later, a stranger wrote to say that Percy saved her brother's life in a different battle. "I hope Mrs. Carthy that you, your husband and your family in your great loss will find a little consolation in knowing what a great hero your son was."...

      'Unimaginable grief' when two mothers lose four sons. (2016). Therecord.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016, from http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6858427--unimaginable-grief-when-two-mothers-lose-four-sons/

  • Sources 
    1. [S157] Military - Canada - World War I - Attestation papers.

    2. [S1890] Military - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener Public Library WW1 Soldiers Card Index Soldier Information Cards - World War One.

    3. [S2443] Military - Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty).
      Eric Carthy Death Date: 26 Dec 1915 Rank: Private Unit: 18th Battalion Service number: 54209 Cemetery: Ridgewood Military Cemetery Cemetery Location: 1 Mile South East of Dickebusch, 3 1/2 Miles South West of Ypres, Belgium Burial Place: Belgium

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 13 Mar 1896 - Ashton under Lyne, , Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Dec 1915 - , Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, near, Ypres, , West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Link to Google Earth
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