WW1 War Hero Finally gets a Headstone in Glossop

When Frederick James Carrington D.C.M. died in 1946 he was buried in the family grave in Glossop cemetery that had been bought by his wife’s step father Charles Carter in 1916. The grave has been unmarked until this week when a fitting memorial was erected by his grandchildren following a family research project by grandson John Carr.

Fred was almost 40 years old when WW1 broke out. He had spent all his working life digging tunnels for sewers. He had worked across the UK but in 1911 he met his future wife, a Glossop girl, Florence Ellison, who was working as a servant in his mothers boarding house for water works labourers at Sett Bank in Hayfield.
In 1915 he was living in Manchester with his wife & 2 year old daughter when the army recruiters desperately called for volunteers who had tunnelling experience in order to counter the Germans who were tunnelling under our trenches to blow up our troops. Fred answered the call and within a week was on the front line in France as a member of the first tunnelling regiment of the Royal Engineers.

In 1916 Fred was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the award second only to the Victoria Cross. The citation states “For consistent good work in mine galleries, when he several times placed and exploded charges within a few feet from the enemy’s galleries”.
After the war he returned to Manchester and resumed his work helping to build these essential public services. Later he and his wife Florence took over the tenancy of the Newmarket Vaults public house on High Street West in Glossop. The tenancy of the Newmarket was taken over by his son (another Fred Carrington) and his wife Alice in 1945, they continued to run the pub until the early 1960’s.

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