Carr, Frank (Staff Sergeant, b.1889 - d.1928)

Accession Number PR03191
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 2 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Photograph, Notebook, Letter
Maker Carr, Frank
Place made Australia, Egypt, France, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1914-1916
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of 63 Staff Sergeant Frank Carr, DSM, MM, who served with 2nd Field Ambulance and 9th Field Ambulance. Although enlisting under the name Frank Carr, he was born as Thomas Francis Cahir.

Collection consists of a typed letter, dated 27 July 1915 from Anzac Cove Gallipoli, from Carr to his family at home. He describes sending the letter home with a friend to avoid the censor, the landing on 25 April, his experience of the first few days, the casualty count, and the toll taken on the men around him during the last 13 weeks;
plus a field message book kept from 1914 to 1916 containing sketches and poetry.

Also included in the collection are seven original black and white photographs of unidentified terrain, plus a modern reproduction of Carr himself.

Carr was awarded the Military Medal on 27 October 1916, and although recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal, this was not gazetted until. In 2020 Carr was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Carr served with the Australian Graves Service in France during 1919, and returned to Australia in 1921.