Henry Bradshaw's Story.
Henry Bradshaw Carswell was born in Prestbury and baptised at Prestbury Church on 23 May 1886, the son of Hannah Maria and Thomas Carswell, a surveyor of highways. In 1891, five-year-old Henry was living at a house in Main Street, Prestbury with his parents and siblings Janet (6) and Thomas (2). Ten years later in 1901 the family had moved to 13 Bollin Grove, Butley, Prestbury, and included another child, Marion, then aged 9. By 1911 twenty-five-year-old Henry was working alongside his father as an assistant surveyor of highways.
The death of Captain Carswell was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 11 October 1918:
News has been received by Mr and Mrs Carswell, Bollin Grove, Prestbury, that their son, Acting Captain Henry Bradshaw Carswell, Ches Regt, was killed in action on October 6th. Capt Carswell was 33 years of age and was educated at the Macclesfield Grammar School. On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in the Cheshire Regt, and was gazetted to commissioned rank in January 1915. He served in the Dardanelles, Egypt and Palestine, and a few months ago was transferred to France. Prior to enlistment he assisted his father, who is the surveyor to the Macclesfield Rural District Council. Captain Carswell was over on leave a few weeks ago, and during that time was married to Miss Steen, of Park Lane, Macclesfield…
His death was also reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 12 October 1918:
CAPTAIN H B CARSWELL - It is with deep regret that we have to report the death in action from an explosive shell of Captain Henry Bradshaw Carswell, elder son of Mr and Mrs T Carswell of Bollin Grove, Prestbury, and husband of Mrs Carswell, of Park Lane, Macclesfield.... letters from Col Moir of Brereton, commanding officer of the battalion, and other officers and men have been received... paying high tribute to him.
Captain Carswell was educated at the Macclesfield Grammar School and at the outbreak of war he was engaged with his father as a surveyor. Immediately on the commencement of hostilities in August 1914 he joined the 2/7th Cheshires as a private. He quickly won promotion and in January 1915 he was gazetted a second-lieutenant and attached to the 2/7th Cheshires. In July 1915 he took part in the memorable landing at Suvla Bay and went all through the Gallipoli campaign. He afterwards took part in the fighting in Egypt and later in Palestine. Last June he was transferred, along with the battalion, to the Western Front, and was stationed in Flanders at a point where the fighting has been exceptionally heavy...
Early in September he obtained a leave, and on September 5th he was married at Prestbury Church to Kathleen, only child of the late Mr C E Steen, and of Mrs Steen, of Park Lane. Much sympathy has been extended to his young widow.
Captain Carswell was the District Scoutmaster of the Macclesfield and District Boy Scouts Association, and took a keen and active interest in the welfare of the Association. He was a member of the Old Boys' Club, the Macclesfield Rifle Club, and played for several years in the Old Boys' Football team. He attended the Parish Church at Prestbury.
Captain Carswell is buried at the Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium, in grave ref. XXVII. A. 2. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Captain Carswell, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Captain Carswell is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church, Macclesfield Grammar School and Old Boys' Club war memorials, and on the St John's Church roll of honour. Nearby, he is named on the St Peter's Church, Prestbury war memorial.
GRO Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 11 October 1918
Macclesfield Courier: 12 October 1918
Research by Rosie Rowley, Congleton.