Private Eric Carthy

Eric Carthy was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England on March 13, 1896 to Joseph and Harriet Boothby Carthy. Eric and his older brother Percy immigrated to Canada in 1913 on board the SS Cymric. Eric had worked as a woodworker and lived at 39 Waterloo Street, Berlin (Kitchener).

At 18 years old Eric enlisted in February 1915 in Berlin, Ontario and joined the 18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment. His older brother Percy joined a few months later. Eric went overseas in April 1915 and made it to the front on September 16, 1915. Eric was killed in action on Boxing Day, December 26th, 1915. Private Eric Carthy is buried at Ridge Wood Military Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium. The Royal Canadian Legion: Branch 50 also remembers him on the Wall of Remembrance. Percy was also killed in action nine months later in September 1916.

Service number: 54209

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“Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Eric Carthy,” Veterans Affairs Canada, accessed March 7, 2015,
“Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Percy Carthy,” Veterans Affairs Canada, accessed March 7, 2015,
Source: A Book of Remembrance: Members of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener, Ontario.