Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Thomas Carroll
2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment
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Thomas Carroll was born in Middlesborough in 1895, the son of Mrs Margaret Carroll. In 1902 he was sent to live at the St Paul’s Home, Coleshill, where he stayed until 1908. He then moved to Chigwell in London and subsequently enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment at Stratford, Essex. Private Carroll had enlisted as a Regular Soldier prior to the outbreak of war, and was stationed with his Battalion in Egypt in August 1914. The Battalion embarked for Britain on the 13th September 1914 and after arriving in Southampton, moved to Winchester to join the 23rd Brigade, 8th Division. They were mobilised for war and landed at Le Havre on the 6th November 1914. The 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment took part in the Christmas Truce of 1914, the Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10th-13th March 1915) and the Battle of Aubers (9th May 1915). Private Carroll (service number 9173) died from wounds on 21st June 1915 and is buried in the Rue-du-Bacquerot (13th London) Graveyard, Laventie, France (Row G, Plot 7). He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War and Allied Victory medals, and is also remembered on the Memorial in the Church of the Sacred Heart and St Teresa, Coleshill.
St Vincent’s Journal, No.21, Winter 1915 “Thomas Carroll came from Middlesborough to St Paul’s in February 1902. The Sisters remember him as an excellent boy. He left St Paul’s for Chigwell in November 1908. From Chigwell he joined the 2nd Devon Regiment, and early in the war went to the front. In one of his letters written from the front he wrote: ‘When we go to town we can receive the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, which I myself take great advantage of.’ His brother James, who has been out since the war began, visited St Vincent’s and told us of Tom’s death in ‘the great push.’ RIP.”