Carris, William Edward

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project
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Gunner CARRIS.
Gunner William Edward Carris, son of Detective
Officer, R. Carris, of the Leeds City Police Force, whose
home is at 5, Brooklyn Place, Armley, was on the
Queen Mary. He was 20 years of age, and had seen
four years' service. Before joining the Navy he was
employed as a moulder at Messrs. Wilson and Mathie-
son's foundry, Armley. He was formerly a member
of the choir at St. John's Church, New Wortley. He
served a big gun in the battle of Heliogoland Bight.
Via Spike Sheldon
For those of you that like a mystery - we can't find any Navy record for William Edward Carris and he is not on the crew list for Queen Mary or any other Jutland ship. Here is the report of his death and it also gives details of his family. We have added him as a possible (unconfirmed) crew member but I thought I would open it up to anyone else who fancies doing some digging - I have found nothing on the National Archives Naval Ratings records or Ancestry and other websites. It could be that he served under an alias as we have found with other men who weren't on crew lists but were reported killed in the Press. Any help or suggestions appreciated! Spike Sheldon
Found his name on the Armly War Memorial, as W E Carriss, but no service details or date of death. Cannot find him listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. - David Owen
IWM (WMR-21815-45990)
The family surname has been spelt as Carrass, Cariss, Carros, depending on what documentation you look at. Found his father Robert Carrass in the 1901 Census Record living at the family home 45 Cedar Road, Leeds, occupation Police Constable with his wife Rachael and son William.

In 1910 was serving as a Divisional Detective in Leeds, ( Source West Yorkshire Police Records 1833 - 1914 ) this corresponds to the local newspaper report on William. His father has also been known as Robert Carrass-Wright, and it is the Wright surname that I eventually found him under Details : Was born in York on the 14/12/1895. Entered Royal Navy 28/08/1912 Rated Boy Seaman 2nd Class, sent to Queen Mary as Boy Seaman 1st Class on the 05/08/1913, Rated Ord. Seaman 14/12/1913 and that was his rating at the time of his death. Service Number was J/19322 Source: Naval Service Record. He is recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Records 1914-1921 as follows William Edward Wright - Ord. Seaman J/19322 RN. HMS Queen Mary. Son of Robert and Rachel Wright, 5 Brooklyn Place, Armley, Leeds 14

This also corresponds with the article in the local paper other than the surname. So I think we can say with certainty that William Edward Carriss and William Edward Wright are one and the same person.

David Owen