DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
43rd Battalion - Cameron Highlanders of Canada
The Canadian Infantry Corps
RESIDENCE: Brandon – Manitoba
DATE OF BIRTH: March 10, 1892
Goderich – Goderich Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: September 20, 1916 24 years 6 months
CEMETERY: Courcelette British Cemetery – Courcelette –
Somme – France
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WIFE: Ida Elizabeth Helen Carey – Belleville – Ontario
Occupation: Insurance Inspector Religion: Church of England
Enlistment: Brandon – Manitoba – October 8, 1915 into 79th Battalion
Enlistment Age: 23 years 7 months
Lieutenant Carey arrived in England in the first week of May 1916.
He arrived in France at Boulogne and was taken on strength by the 43rd Battalion in the field and then took a grenade course from August 20 – 27 before re-joining his unit.
Prior to the first advance advancing onto Thiepval Ridge on September 26th, the Canadian Corps first had to deal with Flers-Courcelette and this took place on September 15, 1916. The 3rd Division was successful in breaking the enemy front line and we able to take control of the area to the north of Sugar Trench. The advance continued into Mouquet Farm. Later in the day they attacked north from Canady Trench into Courcelette and following firce, bitter and bloody hand to hand fighting the Canadians had control of the village. They were also able to grab some of the Fabeck Graben.
Then, over the next number of days the 3rd Division was able to capture Fabeck Graben and tried to advance to the next line which was Zollern Graben but this advance was not successful.
Lieutenant Carey led his men toward their objective in the first wave during an attack that was mounted before dawn. Their location was Mouquet Farm. Their objective was the enemy trenche called Zollern Grabern and they successfully achieved this objective and held it from 05:00 hours until noon.
The enemy was now mounting fierce counter-attacks and during this period Lieutenant Carey displayed great coolness but finally after repeated enemy counter-attacks and the enemy’s use of rifle grenades and overwhelming enemy numbers he was forced to order his men to withdraw back to their original jumping off point.
In addition, the enemy artillery was bringing very heavy fire down onto the left front company which was
It was during this retirement when Lieutenant Carey lost his life in battle.
Casualties were 11 men killed, 19 men wounded and 2 men missing.