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Carver, H

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial, France, Somme

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 18 September 1916

Commemorated on Halkett Place Primary School Memorial
Old Boys of St Mark's Company Boys Brigade Memorial
St Mark's Church Memorial
Victoria Street Congregational Church Memorial

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 30 December 1915

The Jersey Contingent - Censors Mistake. Mrs H Carver, whose husband is with the Jersey Contingent received yesterday a letter purporting to be from him, but which in reality belongs to some young lady in the Island who corresponds with another member of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles. It is clear that by a mistake on the part of the censor two letters after being examined were placed in the wrong envelopes and that the young lady in question has received Mrs Carver's letter. If Floss to whom Clarrie writes will communicate with Mrs Carver at 8 Parade Road the mistake should be fairly quickly rectified.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 27 March 1916

Another Jersey Rifleman Wounded. The relatives of Lance Corporal H Carver of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles have received information that the soldier has been seriously wounded in the head, being hit by a bomb. It was marvellous that his injuries were not fatal.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 6 April 1916

We are pleased to learn that Lance Corporal H Carver of the Royal Irish Rifles has now recovered from his injuries

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Harold Carver

Corporal Harold Carver
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

1914-15 Star

Son of Henry J. M. and Louisa Carver, of 39, Val Plaisant, Jersey; husband of Ella Blanche Carver, of 2, Common Lane, St. Helier, Jersey.

Killed in action, aged 28 years.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 18 September 1916

Roll of Honour. Another gallant Jerseyman who has given his life for his Country, falling in action on 6 September, is Corporal H J Carver of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles. This young NCO was 28 and was the only son of Mr & Mrs H J Carver of Val Plaisant. He was a married man, his wife's maiden name being Ella B Chevalier, and she is left with 4 little children. The deceased had been for some 6 years a member of the St Helier Fire Brigade and on volunteers being called for active service, he at once threw in his lot with our Contingent. He was exceedingly popular with his comrades, both in the Fire Brigade and the Company, and on Sunday, when Mrs Carver received the news of her husband's death from the Lieutenant Commander of the Company she also received a letter from Sergeant Major Le Breton conveying the sympathy of the whole Company. The following is the text of the letter received by Mrs Carver from Lieutenant McMullan. It reads "7th Royal Irish Rifles. BEF, France. Dear Mrs Carver, I deeply regret having to inform you of the death of your husband, Corporal H Carver, who was killed in action on the morning of 6 September. On behalf of myself, the NCOs and men of the Company I convey our sincerest sympathy. Your husband was exceedingly popular and highly efficient as an NCO and died while doing his duty nobly for his Country. Again assuring you of our deepest sympathy in your great bereavement. Yours sincerely K McMULLAN, Lieutenant Commanding D Company". To Mrs Carver and the members of the family of the deceased we would tender our sincere sympathy in their bereavement.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 8 November 1916

The Late Corporal Carver. The widow of Corporal H Carver of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles, who was killed in action recently, has received the following letter from Lieutenant Merrin of the Royal Irish Rifles. "7th RIR. 13 October 1916. My Dear Mrs Carver, I wish to express to you my deepest sympathy at the great loss of your husband. He is a great loss to me too as he was one of the best men in my platoon, and even in the whole Company. He fought by my side and was speaking of you to me just before he fell for his King and Country. He would certainly have received both distinction, for which he was recommended, and promotion had he been fortunate enough to live. He gave me invaluable assistance in discovering the position of the enemy, which was the means of saving many other lives. Yours very sincerely, B D MERRIN, Lieutenant RIR. PS Sincere regrets at not being able to write sooner but I was in hospital and lost all my possessions at the Somme".