1. Grave:Corbie Communal CemeteryI.D.9
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.129
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour20B GQS

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Family :

He was the son of Spencer Woodvill Seymour Carey, an assistant schoolmaster, born 1862 in St. Stephen’s, Bayswater, Middlesex and his wife Mary Mansel Carey, (nee Jones, married in the 3rd quarter of 1890 in St. George’s, Hanover Square, Middlesex), born 1864 in St. Ishmael’s, Ferryside, Carmarthen, Wales. Spencer Lort Mansel Carey was born on the 12th March1893 in Uppingham, Rutland, his siblings were, Mary Frederick Mansel, born 1892 and David Vernon Mansel, born 1895, both his siblings were born in Uppingham, in March 1901 the family home was at High Street, Uppingham.

Education & Career :

He was educated at Uppingham School and Magdalen College, Oxford where he was a prizewinner.

The President of Magdalen College, Sir Herbert Warren writes:- Amiable, modest, good all round, playing for his house in all games, a conscientious worker, a fair classic, and a prize winner in Mathematics and English, he was a valuable and valued influence at school and not less so in his short time at college.” “No sweeter natured boy,” writes the tutor who knew him best, “ever walked this earth, nor one who loathed violence and brutality more. Of such are the ‘conscientious protectors.’ His father’s profession, which he had intended to follow, lost much by his removal.”

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 9th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment 

9th (Service) Battalion Formed at Exeter on 15 September 1914 as part of K2 and attached as Divisional Troops to 20th (Light) Division. April 1915 : left Division and landed at Le Havre 28 July 1915. 8 August 1915 : attached to 20th Brigade, 7th Division. September 1918 : left Division in Italy and moved back to France. 16 September 1918 : attached to 7th Brigade, 25th Division.

Action : Actions in Spring 1916 

Actions in Spring 1916 covers a number of non specific actions on the Western Front in the period February to the end of June 1916. Much of this period concerned the build up to the Battle of the Somme, particularly the acclimatisation of the Service Battalions (Kitchener Volunteers) to trench routine. As the Battle of the Somme occupied the plans for 1916 no significant efforts were made in other sectors. Many of the casualties could be considered 'routine'. During the period December to June 1916 5845 British soldiers died in 'minor trench operations'.

e gained a commission in the 8th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment in August 1914, and joined his Battalion at the front in October 1915. He took part in five months of trench warfare at Festubert, Albert and other locations and was mortally wounded by a shell bursting near him while in the trenches at Fricourt.

Detail :

There is a tiny part of the Somme battlefield known as Mansel Copse and some say it is named after Spencer Lort Mansel-Carey who was mortally wounded there in February 1916.

His Colonel writes of him:- “We all feel his death very much; he was such a favourite in the Battalion – always so cheerful. The Battalion will miss him much as a soldier. His work was always so thorough and he inspired his men with such confidence.” A fellow officer writes:- “In the swamp at ------ his men did the best work in the company, and I knew I could rely on him to see it carried out, at a time when supervision meant a heart breaking wallow in icy mud and water. I am sure the platoon, which was his for so long, will suffer severly from his loss. Two days before the fatal Thursday we had a severe bombardment, and though we suffered very lightly, it was a trying experience; but I am told he rose splendidly to the occasion, and no doubt it was in trying to get artillery retaliation to protect his men that he was hit two days later.” His Captain writes:- “Since October last he has been my second in command, and his death has been a very real blow to me. I relied much on his common sense and his keenness. I knew that he had a good hold upon his men, so that, from the professional point of view, I feel myself robbed of my chief assistant, whose place it will be hard to fill.”

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Vale of Catmos No. 1265 E.C.Leicestershire & Rutland

2nd November 1915

Spencer was a Freemason, belonging to the Vale of Catmos Lodge, No 1265. He was initiated on the 2nd November 1915.

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