4th November 1918

Herbert Charles Cary

Private, 42924, 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment


Herbert Charles Cary, Private, 42924, 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment, 50th Brigade, 17th Northern Division
This summary has been compiled partly from army service records and partly from the letters of Allen John Green. The army records are known as the ‘burnt records’ because they were among the documents rescued from a fire after bombing during the second world war.

Herbert Cary volunteered in 1917 when he was underage; he then enlisted in Frome in June 1918 where he met Allen John Green from Chesterblade.

Twice during his training at Wyke Regis near Weymouth Pt Cary was in trouble, once for having ‘a dirty gun on parade’ and once for overstaying his embarkation leave by 23 hours 15 minutes! For this he was stopped two days pay.

Pte Cary arrived in Boulogne where the men from Wyke Regis joined the 6th battalion the Dorset Regiment on October 12th. His unit proceeded to Rouen, from there they travelled for two days in a cattle truck through Amiens and Bapaume to Marcoing near Cambrai. The men spent about ten days training to fight among trees before going into battle in Mormal Forest on November 4th.

Pt Cary was a Lewis gunner in A company of the 6th Dorsets, at what became known as the battle of the Sambre (after the river Sambre) where his friend Allen John Green   received a fatal wound.

Having returned to England on the SS Charles Pt Cary was demobilised in January 1919.

After demobilisation he would have received the two medals sent to every soldier who served: the silver British War medal and the bronze Allied Victory medal.

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