CARBERRY, Francis Larkin

No.20275, Driver, Francis Larkin CARBERRY
Aged 42

19th Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Died of Illness on 15th August 1920

Francis Larkin CARBERRY was born in Morice Town, Devonport (2nd qtr 1878 Stoke Damerel 5b:371), son of James Francis and Mary Jane CARBERRY (née GOODYEAR).

1881 census...Aged 3, he was at Married Quarters, Mount Wise Barracks, St Aubyn, Stoke Damerel, Devon with his father James CARBERRY [29] Sergeant in the Royal Artillery, born London; his mother Mary [25] born London; sister Helena [11 months] born Devonport.

His mother died in 1884 in Devonport and his father married Irish born Eliza Ann BAILLIE in Devonport in 1887.

1891 census...He was not found in this census. It is quite possible his father was in South Africa with the Army.

He enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1897.

1901 census...He was in the Army in India.

He married in Newmarket at the Roman Catholic Church on 4th February 1907 to Eliza CUNNINGTON. Their daughter Mary Magdalene Eileen ( GRO registered as CARBURY) was born in Newmarket on 19-9-1901 (d.1930) and Winifred Jane was born in Cambridge on 11-10-1909 (sadly dying before her first birthday.

The 1910-1911 Electoral Roll has him at 16 Gothic Street, Cambridge.

1911 census...Aged 32, he was a groom in racing stables, living at 6 Grosvenor Place, Newmarket with his wife Eliza [30]; foster son Philip CARBERRY [8]; foster daughter Bessie [7], daughters Eileen [3] and Salome [3 months]. All except Francis were born in Newmarket. Eliza had born 3 children but one had died (Winifred).

Further children, all born in Newmarket, were Salome Frances born 1911, Francis James born 1914 (d.1932), Mary Jane born 1916, and George Albert born 1918 (d. 1922).

1921 census...His widow was at 5 Exeter Road, Newmarket with sons Philip (in stables with R Collings), George and Francis, daughters Bessie (home duties), Eileen and Salome, and her brother and sister in law John and Polly CARBERRY.

The National Probate Calendar has him as a racing correspondent at the time of his death.
His widow moved to, and saw out her days, at Manor Place, Grosvenor Yard, Newmarket (currently - 2022- Mama Indian Fusion)

Francis has one of the most complete set of Army Service records I have seen on line, especially for his 1st period in the Army from 1897 to 1904. He was hardly the model soldier, and certainly not teetotal. Many misdemeanours in the Army and civilian courts resulted in fines and various other punishments.

He first enlisted in Devonport on 28th May 1897 for 7 years in the Colours (plus 5 on Reserve). He gave his age as 19, born Stoke Damerel, Devonport, single, a jockey. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 134 lbs, chest 36 to 37.5 inches, blue eyes, brown hair, a Roman Catholic.
He served in India from 6th December 1898 to 28th November 1902 From 24th December 1901 to 22nd April 1902 he was in an Army prison, serving 120 days hard labour for striking a superior Officer.
He was transferred to Class One Reserve on completion of 7 years on 28th May 1904. His intention on return to civilian life was to be a horse breaker. His intended residence was 10 Clifton Street, Swindon.
He was discharged from the Army on conclusion of his 1st period of engagement (12 years) on 27th May 1909, intended place of residence, 5 St Anthony Street, Cambridge.
He enlisted again on 27th November 1909 in the "D" Class, Army Reserve. At that time he was married, a jockey, resident at 15 Gothic Street, Cambridge. he was 31 years 6 month old, 5 feet 7 inches tall. His father, James CARBERRY was resident at 239 Burdett Road, London E.
He re-engaged in the RFA as a driver on 27th November 1913, and was mobilised in the 30th Brigade on 5th August 1914 and posted next day to the 30th B.A.C. on 2nd November 1914 he was posted to 16th Reserve battery, and on 6th January 1915 to the 28th Divisional Ammunition Column.
He then apparently committed a serious offence as he was awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.1. This entailed being shackled to a piece of equipment for up to 2 hours each day.
Returning to duty on 4th February 1915 he was posted to 3 B.Res.Bde and finally to 17th Reserve Battery. He served in France from 18th August 1914 to 26th September 1914 and again from 15th January 1915 to 3rd March 1915 when, serving with the R.F.A., 31st Ammunition Column, he was evacuated to UK with myalgia. He was discharged medically unfit for service on 6th September 1915, suffering from tuberculosis, from which he eventually died in 1920.

Initially not recognised by CWGC, in December 2019, thanks to efforts by Heidi Sandford and "In from the Cold", he was entered on the National Book of Remembrnce. As at December 2022 it just remains to get a headstone installed on his grave at Newmarket.

Francis Carberry is buried with his wife in Newmarket Cemetery, Old Ground J:1090

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