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Lionel Henry Liptrap Carver

Surname: Carver
Other names: Lionel Henry Liptrap
Other people in this story:
Henry Jonathan Carver
Blanche Emma Carver née Liptrap
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Ayette British Cemetery, Ayette, Nord Pas de Calais, France
St. Thomas's Church, Melbury Abbas
Moulmein, Burma
St. John's Foundation School, Leatherhead, Surrey
Jesus College, Cambridge
St. Margaret's Parish Church, Ockley, Surrey

Lionel Henry Liptrap Carver was born in Melbury Abbas, Dorset, on 16th October, 1883 and baptised there at St. Thomas's Church on 25th November, 1883. He was the son of Rev. Henry Jonathan Carver, the Rector of Melbury Abbas, and Blanche Emma Carver (nee Liptrap). By the 1901 Census, Lionel had become a pupil at St. John's Foundation School, Leatherhead, Surrey, and from there to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he achieved Classical Honours. In 1906 Lionel joined the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation and he left for the East in September 1907. On 29th July 1915 he joined the Moulmein Volunteer Rifles in Burma with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Meanwhile his father died and was interred in St' Thomas's Cemetery on 19th May, 1915.  In March 1917 Lionel returned to England and eventually continued his commission with the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was killed in action at Arras on 26th May 1918 and was buried at Ayette British War Cemetery, Ayette, Nord Pas de Calais, France (grave id. B. 4). He is remembered on the Melbury Abbas War Memorial and inside St. Thomas's Church, as well as The Jesus College, Cambridge Roll of Honour, the Irish Guards Roll of Honour and on the WW1 Tablet in St. Margaret's Parish Church, Ockley, Surrey, which is near his old school.  Their also a glowing tribute to him in the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.  

  • Melbury Abbas War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives