Rank: Driver 534238
Regiment or Ship: Royal Engineers
Service Number(s): 1576 & 534238
Date of Birth: 1883
Place of Birth: Sidley
Date of Death: 1963
Address: 59 Sidley Street, Sidley
Photos and newspaper articles
Father: James Carey born in Sidley and died 1934 in Battle.
Mother: Ann Elizabeth Barker born 1859 in Sidley and died 1939 in Battle. They married in 1879 in Hailsham.
George Frederick Carey 1882-1958 B0001 CAREY George Frederick (Gov. War Work)
Edna Grace Carey 1885 – 1962
Benjamin James Carey 1887 – 1918 W0076 CAREY Benjamin (Rifleman)
Frederick Carey 1891 – 1914 W0003 CAREY Frederick (Private)
Arthur Carey 1892 – 1947 W0152 CAREY Arthur (Driver)
Thomas Carey 1895 – 1974 W0150 CAREY Thomas (Private)
Harry Carey 1897 – 1975 W0146 CAREY Harry (Driver)
Alfred Ernest Carey 1899 – 1975 W0153 CAREY Alfred Ernest (Private)
Elsie Carey 1900 – ?
Wife: Annie Little. They married on 6th October 1910 in Battle.
Charlie born 01.07.1902
Rosie born 01.07.1902
Thomas R born 28.01.1912
They were living at 36 Childers Street, Old Swan, Liverpool
First World War Experience
Richard either enlisted in Liverpool or Hastings on the 14th October 1914 (his records are unclear) and started as Sapper 1576 in the Home Counties Field Company Royal Engineers. His service number later changed to 534238. He seems to have served with the 499th Home Counties Reserve Field Company until he went to France on 11th May 1918. At the end of his service he was with the 151st Field Company.
He remustered as a Driver on the 25th June 1916 and was promted to Lance Corporal on the 9th July 1915 and reverted back to Driver on the 23rd December 1916. He was at Prees Heath for discharge on the 4th February 1919.