Carey, Sylvester (No. 6178)

Carey, Sylvester


No. 6178, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade

Killed in action on Wednesday 26 August 1914 (aged 33)


Beauvois-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery (on east side)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial


In some records his surname is spelt Keary.

The name S. Carey is listed on Holywood and District War Memorial.

Sylvester Carey was born around 1881 in England and he was a son of John Joseph and Catherine Carey of St. Helens, Lancashire.

In CWGC records his age at death in 1914 is 50 whilst in civil marriage registration records his age in 1908 is 28 and in 1911 census records it is 30.

Sylvester Carey was a career soldier and he served in the South African campaign.

Sylvester Carey and Jane (Jenny) Graham were married on 12 August 1908 in Belfast Registrar’s Office.  Sylvester Carey (aged 28) was a serving soldier in the 1st Rifle Brigade stationed in Palace Barracks Holywood and he was a son of John Carey, an engine driver.  Jane Graham (aged 25) from 8 Madison Avenue East, Belfast was a daughter of Samuel Graham, a caretaker.

Sylvester and Jane Carey (nee Graham) had four children:

Catherine (born 17 August 1908 at 8 Madison Avenue East, Belfast)

Sylvester (born 5 August 1909 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

Mary Kathleen (born 10 July 1910 in Shore Street, Holywood)

John Joseph (born 28 November 1911 in Trevor Street, Holywood)

Rifleman Sylvester Carey (No. 6178) was killed in action during the Battle of Le Cateau and he was buried in Beauvois-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:



His widow Jane lived in Sandy Lane, Lambeg, Co Antrim.

Rifleman Sylvester Carey (No. 6178) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial.