The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Edward Carew

CAREW, Edward

Edward Carew was born in Waterford on the 9th of February 1888 to James Carew and Catherine (Kate) Bradshaw. James was a Carpenter, born in Co Waterford and Kate was from Co Kilkenny. Edward was the eldest of their thirteen children, only four of whom were alive in 1911. The family lived in Morgan Street in the Ballybricken area of the town but they moved to Dublin about 1900 and lived in the Kilmainham / Inchicore area. Here James changed his occupation to Coach Builder, a trade that Edward had taken up by 1911. James had died in 1908 aged forty-seven but the family continued to live in Inchicore, at various addresses.

Edward enlisted in the Royal Engineers as a Sapper, providing technical support and skill for the fighting units. He was in France in June 1915 where his work earned him a medal. In October 1918 he was with the 5th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Engineers which was based in Bournemouth. He was presumably returning from leave on the 10th of October when he travelled on RMS Leinster. He did not survive the sinking but his body was recovered. He was buried in the Military Cemetery in Grangegorman, Dublin.


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