Private 14296 Thomas Carrington

Killed in Action on Saturday, 16th September 1916, age 22.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

2nd Bn., Coldstream Guards. 1 (Gds) Brigade of Guards Division.

Son of George & Annie Carrington, of 36 Providence Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 10th August 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1542355/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Thomas Carrington registered March quarter 1894 in Dudley.

1901 Census
14 Providence Street, Tipton, Staffs.
George Carrington (36, Collier, born Bloxwich), his wife Annie (34, born Tipton), and their 5 children: Annie (11, born Tipton), Frederick (9, born Tipton), Thomas (7, born Tipton), John (2, born Tipton), and Mary Ellen (8 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
212 Horseley Heath, Tipton, Staffs.
George Carrington (47, Coal Miner - Underground, born Bloxwich), his wife Annie (44, Domestic Servant, born Tipton), and their 8 surviving children of 10: Annie (21, born Tipton), Frederick (19, Coal Miner - Underground, born Tipton), Thomas (17, Coal Miner - Above ground, born Horseley Heath), John (13, School, born Horseley Heath), Ellen (11, School, born Horseley Heath), Henry (9, School, born Horseley Heath), Elizabeth (4, born Horseley Heath), and George (10 months, born Horseley Heath).

Personal Data

The Tipton Library Memorial shows J Carrington. This was a sign-writer error as the 'Staffordshire Roll of Honour' records T Carrington, Coldstream Guards.

The Enlistment Register of the Coldstream Guards records that Thomas Carrington enlisted on 28th December 1914. It is possible that Thomas was a chum of Walter Wood as Walter also enlisted with the Coldstream Guards on that day and had number 14295 - the next in sequence to Thomas with 14296. Sadly, Walter was also to lose his life.

After Thomas's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/0/7d (2 pounds and 7 pence); this was paid to his father, George, in February 1917. His War Gratuity was £9/10/0d (9 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his father in August 1919.

A Dependant's Pension of 5/0d (5 shillings) per week was awarded to his mother, Mrs Annie Carrington of 36 Providence Street, Tipton. This was paid from 9th October 1917.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 2nd November 1916
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
COLDSTREAM GUARDS- Carrington, 14296, T., (Tipton).