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Percy Carthy

Percy Carthy

Male 1894 - 1916  (21 years)

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  • Name Percy Carthy 
    Residence 1814  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    WW1, Private, 18th Battalion 
    Born 9 Oct 1894  Ashton under Lyne, , Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Interesting tragedy, accident 
    Military WW1 
    Carthy,Percy-WW1.jpg
    Carthy,Percy-WW1.jpg
    Military 1914  WW1 Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    WW1, 18th Regiment, Service #54210 
    Misfortune killed in war 
    Residence , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 39 Waterloo St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-58379 
    Died 15 Sep 1916  [4
    Buried Vimy Memorial, , Pas De Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I58379  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2020 

    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  |  Family Chart

  • 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 https://www.therecord.com/news-story/6858427--unimaginable-grief-when-two-mothers-lose-four-sons/

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

    2. [S157] Military - Canada - World War I - Attestation papers.
      Percy Carthy Birth Date: 9 Oct 1894 Birth Location: Ashton, Underline, England Relative: Harriett Beathby Carthy 39 Waterloo St., Berlin, Ontario Relationship: Mother Regiment Number: 7295

    3. [S157] Military - Canada - World War I - Attestation papers.

    4. [S2443] Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948.
      Percy Carthy Death Date: 15 Sep 1916 Rank: Private Unit: 18th Battalion Service number: 54210

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Oct 1894 - 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, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Vimy Memorial, , Pas De Calais, France Link to Google Earth
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