Lt. William Carr

Photo from his USA naturalisation papers:

Mrs Carr of Townagh, Gort, Galway was targeted by IRA as her son as in ADRIC. The father is John and in RIC with a son William. John Carr was born Galway. Dob correct

1896 Apr 11. Born Limerick City. (RIC records)


1901 census . William was aged 4, a scholar, living at 1 Belmont Avenue West, Belfast with his parents (John aged 38, RIC Constable, born Co Galway) & Margaret (aged 30 born Co Clare) and siblings John (1) and Mary (2) both born in Belfast


1911 census, his father had been transferred to 44 Emyvale town, Co Monaghan.

Enlisted in Royal West Surrey.

1916 Nov 29 Landed in France

1917 May 30. The undermentioned cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. (attd.). - William Carr, R Munster Fusiliers.

1918 Nov 30. R. Muns. Fus. The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be temp. Lts. : — W. Carr

1919 Jul 11. William’s father John Carr died in Gort Workhouse Hospital from pneumonia, ‘following erysipelas caused by a scalp wound’ He was aged 57, married, an RIC pensioner and farmer. He had been struck on the head with a hurley by John Quin from Gort who stated he was protecting his sister who had gone to a dance organised by the police. Quin was sentenced to four months on a charge of manslaughter

1920 Aug 30. Joined ADRIC with service no 242. Posted to D Coy

1920 Nov 12/17. An oil engine the property of Michael McGuane, Ballybane, Gort sub-district, was maliciously broken and damaged by unknown men, This engine work was done for Mrs Carr whose son is a member of 'D' Coy RIC Aux Corps. At about 12mn. on 18.11.20, the house of John Kennedy, Townagh, Gort sub-district, was fired into, and shots were fired outside the house of Mrs Carr, whose son is a member of the RIC Aux Corps.

1920 Nov 26. The IRA believed he was implicated in the death of the Loughnane brothers . WS 1150 says Patrick Loughnan belonged to Beagh Company. He was a fine athletic man over six feet in height and was about twenty nine years old at the time he and his brother Henry were murdered by the Auxiliaries. He was one of the men I selected in the Beagh Company area and swore into the I.R.B. Under my orders he raided the house of' John Carr, Tierneevan, Gort, for an automatic pistol which I knew Carr had in his possession. Carr was an ex-R.I.C. man. Patrick Loughnan had a surprisingly weak voice for so big a man. He was masked when raiding for the gun but the Carr family took note of his Voice. John Carr's son William joined the Black and Tans shortly after the raid and when Patrick Loughnan and his brother Henry were arrested by the Black and Tans, William Carr was with them. I am of opinion that William Carr was in the house when it was raided for the automatic and that when the brothers were arrested he recognised Patrick's voice. Patrick Loughnan and his brother Henry were brutally murdered by the Tans and the whole area was shocked by the news.

1921 May 21 Posted to Depot

1921 Jun 24. Permanent Cadet. DI3 in RIC at Newport. Co Tipperary

1922 May 13. Pensioned from RIC

1922 May 19. According to his pension records, William joined the RUC, no 3200 & 3184; it appears that he continued to draw on his RIC pension in total £27-18-3 while in the RUC. On discovery that he had joined the RUC this sum was to be deducted in 13 monthly instalments. There is a note on the file that the RUC address was St Marys Hall Belfast.

1926 Feb 10 Married in Belfast to Christine Keenan

1926 Apr 22. left London on 22nd April 1926 on the SS Baradine, for Sydney Australia

1927 Jul 12 Arrives in San Francisco from New Zealand , Auckland with his wife

1930 US Census living with wife Christine in San Francisco

1931 Apr 29 Files for US naturalisation

1940 US Census , William and Christina were still living in 600 Page St San Francisco with a 15 years old niece Margaret McAroy. He was aged 43, had completed 2nd year of college education, was working as an attorney in an insurance company, earning $1800 per year

His WWII draft registration card gives his employer’s address as Premier Insurance Company, 458 Montgomery St, San Francisco

1985 Dec 17. He worked as an attorney in an insurance company. He is buried in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo, California. The death index states his date of birth was 11 April 1899, but the US Social Security Death Index gives the correct date of birth – 11th April 1896, born in ‘another country’, mother’s name Hallinan

1986 Jan1 . Christina died on 1st Jan 1986 and is buried in the same cemetery. Her death record states her date of birth as 25th December 1899 in ‘another country’ and her parents’s surnames were Hume and Keenan.