On 22nd January 1918 – William Carrington died of bronchitis and heart disease


3026-carrington-a3026/240856 Pte William Carrington enlisted into the 6th Reserve Battalion in October 1914 aged 22. He was a miner by trade and lived at 34 Queen Street in Mosborough near Sheffield. He transferred to the 1/6th Battalion on 16th August 1915 and arrived in France with the III Reinforcement on 19th August.

William was twice taken sick in France; the first time with frost bite on 27th November 1915, whilst the Battalion were at Richebourg-L’Avoue and the second time in October 1917. On both occasions he rejoined the Battalion. ‘in the field’.


In early January 1918 William was admitted to a base hospital with bronchitis and acute endocarditis [a serious bacterial infection of the heart and lungs]. William died on the 22nd January aged 26 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. He was the Son of George Carrington of 5 Palmer St., Halfway in Sheffield.

The autopsy request signed by Lt. Henry L Forbes of the MEDICAL OFFICERS RESERVE CORPS, United Sates Army. This form confirms that William was treated in the 13 (Harvard) American Red Cross Base Hospital.

Harvard USA

1st Lieutenant Henry Forbes (Surgeon) is seated amongst the staff of the hospital (above) prior to their departure to France in 1917.

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