||Memorial stone inside St Marys
Katherine in her ATS uniform
When they were attached to
other army units, ATS girls wore the badge of that unit over
the left breast pocket .The wreathed ATS badge was worn on
the cap and a small ATS on each shoulder.
The picture of Katherine outside
Overhall Farm shows no badge on her uniform, at that time
she couldn't have been attached to any regimental unit.
Possibly, just parading her nice shiny new uniform for those
Location of Katherine
Carr`s gravestone in Bures cemetery
Enter the cemetery and proceed up the driveway.
At the "T" junction at the top, turn left.
The grave is about six rows down on the left
Katherine Parkhill Carr died on active service 28 October 41 aged
Katherine was most
probably a driver with the Auxiliary
Location:- Alton, Staffordshire
Saturday, November 1, 1941
Births, Marriages, Deaths.
Carr - Suddenly on Active Service
Katherine Parkhill, A.T.S. fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carr,
Overhall Farm, Bures, aged 21 Years.
Thursday, November 6, 1941
Funeral of Bures ATS Member.
The Local Home Guard headed by
Sgt. S. W. Deaves formed a guard of honour at the funeral at
St. Mary's Church, Bures of Miss Katherine Parkhill Carr, who
died on Service with the A. T. S. aged 21, she was the fourth
daughter of Mr. and Mrs Stephen Carr, who went to Overhall Farm,
Bures, from Copdock, shortly after the outbreak of war. She
joined the ATS shortly after its formation, and was extremely
capable and very popular with members of her unit.
The funeral service was conducted
by the Rev. N. C. Stephenson (vicar of Bures) and the Rev G.
Kirkpatrick (rector of Copdock) read the lesson. Prior to the
service, Miss Ethel Hume played "O rest in the Lord"
and, as the coffin draped with the Union Jack was borne from
the church by four members of the Home Guard she played Choppin's
Immediate mourners were: The
father, Miss M Carr, Mrs I Caskey A. T. S; Miss E Carr
N.A A.F I; (sisters), Mr W Carr, Home Guard, and Mr T Carr (brothers).
Mrs Carr (mother) was unable to be present.
Mrs Brunyate, the Commandant
of Miss Katherine Carr's unit of the ATS. G. H. Bird who commanded
the Home Guard, Mrs. G. H. Bird, Mr. and Mrs. J Burns, Mr. and
Mrs. J Leiper, Mrs. L. Cook, Mr G. Leiper, Mr. Hodge, Miss K.
L Darley, Miss J Sharpe, Mr R Imrie, Mr. R. Gibson and Mr. C.
the archives at Ipswich Records Office by Stephen Carr
Notes on the Mourners
(a)No trace can be found for Mrs Brunyate the CO, which would
have led to Katherines unit location
(b) G.H.Bird certainly did not command the Home Guard in Bures,
it was G. Drake
(c) Miss M Carr was Marion, sister
(d) Mrs I Caskey was Isabella, sister.
(e) Miss E Carr was Elizabeth,
(f) W Carr was William, brother
(g) T Carr was Thomas, brother
(h) the remaining sister Agnes
Link to obituary
in the Suffolk Free Press, 6th November 1941
Cameron Carr (b1933) who lives in Sudbury,
makes a point of visiting the graves at Bures and Assington at least
three times a year to keep them tidy.
of the Carr family
Katherines father was "Stephen
Carr" was born on September 20, 1890, in Liverpool,
Lancashire, Parents Agnes Jane Aitken, age 26, and Thomas Stephen
Katherines mother was Marion
Parkhill, born 03 October 1891 Garlieston/Wigtownshire ,
Parents William Parkhill and Marion McLean
Stephen and Marion married on 6th June 1913 in Philgown,Barrachan
Marion, born 23rd
June 1913 in Mochrum
Born 1915 Ingersoll Canada, Died Birmingham 1993
Isabella Aitken Born 1916 Mochrum Wigtownshire, Died Blackburn
Katherine Parkhill Born 06 January 1920 Mochrum Wigtownshire,
Died 1941 ( Parkhill taken from her Mother)
William Born 1922 Mochrum Wigtownshire, Death 1991 Ipswich
Thomas James Born 1924 Mochrum Wigtownshire, Died 2000 Ipswich
Agnes Aitken Born 1926 Mochrum Wigtownshire Living (widowed)
Mona Carr Born 1930, died 1930,
Lt Bentley, Essex
Cameron Carr Born 1933, Lt
Marion Carr died 5th August 1962
Stephen James Carr died
on 3rd March 1976, in Assington, Suffolk, aged 85
Stephen and Marion decided to seek a new future in Canada with
their daughter Marion
Subsequently departed Glasgow on 20th Sept 1913, aboard passenger
ship "Cassandra" bound for Montreal
However, their stay was very short lived as the weather was
deemed to be too cold for Marion and so they decided to return
home two years later.
Recorded on the Passenger List
of the ship "Pretoria" bound for Glasgow
All three arrived back in the UK on 13th Oct 1915 and returned
Sometime around 1926, Stephen
Carr was approached by Dick Gibson a farmer from St Osyth (Essex)
who was in the local area looking for farmhands.
It beggers the question, why was a farmer from Essex looking
for workers in Scotland ?
Stephen took up the offer of work and the family subsequently
moved down South.
||Stephen Carr took up the
post of foreman at Frow Wick Farm at St Osyth, circa 1926
Moved away from the farm sometime before 1930, see birthdate
of Mona below
Stephen and his family then moved to Byers Farm, in
Little Bentley to assist a farmer who was in difficulty.
Mona Taylor Born 1930 Great Bentley died aged 9 months
Cameron S Born 1933 Great Bentley (now at 2015 living in
In 1934/5, we now have the family living at
Mace Green Farm, Copdock
Katherine appears on the
Copdock War Memorial as well as the one at Bures
Katherine worked for Mr Hempson of Spurling and Hempson,
Auctioneers at Ipswich after leaving school.
These Auctioneers later became Fenn Wright.
Mr Hempson was so upset to hear of Katherines death, he
persuaded Copdock to insert her name on their memorial.
It must be unique for a "soldier on active service"
to be mentioned on two different memorials ?
In 1939 the Carr family
moved to OverHall Farm Bures
Katherine in 1939, without hesitation volunteered to help
out with the war effort and joined the ATS.
Stephen Carr (father) was
the Tenant Farmer, as the farm itself was owned by the
Bristol Estate at Bury
The family members consisted of Stephen and Marion Carr
with their children Cameron, William, Thomas and presumably
Katherine before she joined-up.
The two other sisters also
enlisted to help the was effort
Isabella in the
ATS, served in the UK and abroad.
Elizabeth in the NAAFI.
Memories from Cameron
Cameron attended the Bures
Primary School under the headship of Mr Creek
Cameron who was aged 9
at the time recalls walking to Wormingford with this sister
Katherine to catch the bus to Colchester.
On their arrival, Katherine treated him to a cup of tea
and then took him to the Cinema.
They both retuned home later in the day.
That is the last time Cameron ever saw his sister.
He also recalls when war was declared in 1939, Katherine
was eager to enlist in the forces to protect her country.
Local information reveals:-
(1) A sale catalogue for
the farm equipment, was held on Monday 23 September 1957.
Presumably the Carr family moved out during this time.
(Ref:- Stephen Carr)
(2) Mr Stephen J Carr (outgoing
tenant) To: The Trustees of the Estate of George Wythes
deceased or their incoming tenant Mr Stanley Fincham
Michaelmas 1957 (Ref:- Diana Ineson)
There next move in 1957 was to the adjacent village of Assington
mother Marion Parkhill Carr died 1962 at Black Notley Hospital.
The address given at Probate was "Hill House, Assington"
Katherines father Stephen,
died in 1976 listed as farmer and living at Assington
Stephen and Marion Carr buried in Assington Churchyard.