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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 151

A rare double issue, Civil C.B.E., Military O.B.E. group of ten awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel W. M, Carr, Royal Engineers

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Commander's (C.B.E.) neck Badge, Civil Division, silver-gilt and enamel; The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Officer's (O.B.E.) 1st Type breast Badge, Military Division, silver-gilt, hallmarked for London 1935; 1914-15 Star (Lieut. W. M. Carr R.E.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt. W. M. Carr); Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937; Coronation 1953; Territorial Decoration, G.V.R.; Territorial Efficiency Decoration, G.VI.R., with Second Award Bar, the reverse dated '1951', all but the first mounted as worn, minor contact marks to great war awards, overall very fine (10)

C.B.E. London Gazette 8 June 1950.

O.B.E. London Gazette 4 June 1934.

T.D. London Gazette 1 March 1929.

E.D. Second Award Bar London Gazette 19 October 1951.

William Moncrieff Carr was born at Widnes, Lancashire on 18 August 1886 the son of Isaac and Mary Carr. His father was a Civil Engineer and two of his brothers were later to win awards of their own with Robert Carr being awarded the MC and James Carr the O.B.E., M.C. and a Croix de Guerre. Educated at Penketh Friends School and Manchester University (Owens College) Carr joined the Ormskirk Gas Company as an Electrical Engineer. He also joined the Reserves being commissioned Second Lieutenant with the 2nd (The St. Helens) West Lancashire Field Company, West Lancashire Divisional Engineers on 1 September 1913.

A Lieutenant upon mobilisation he entered the war in France on 4 June 1915 and served first with the 1st/1st Field Company, West Lancashire Divisional Engineers. Transferring to 2/1st Field Company late in the Summer of 1916 he served with them during the Battle of the Somme. The unit was in on the action at Deville Wood between 4-12 September and then around Gird Trench west of Gueudecourt later in the month. Carr was further advanced Captain in 1916 and confirmed in the role the next year.

Finishing the war as a Major, Carr was demobilised but remained with the reserves and joined the Gas Board. Serving as Lieutenant-Colonel by 1930 he was advanced Brevet Colonel on 16 February 1930. Appointed Managing Director United Kingdom Gas Corporation he built a new home at Oldfield Brow, Cheshire in 1935.

Leaving the Reserve of Officers on 18 May 1949 he was awarded the C.B.E. the next year for his work as Chairman of the North Western Gas Board. Carr died in 1956 while hunting with the North Cheshire Hounds; sold together with copied research including Army Lists, medal rolls, London Gazette extracts, census data and war diary extracts as well as a copied newspaper clipping.

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