Lutton man’s relative received France’s highest honour

George Carew.

George Carew.

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David Carew, who lives in Lutton, submitted information on his grandfather for Long Sutton & District Civic Society’s exhibition on World War 1.

Luckily, his grandfather’s war service was recorded in a book, Front Everywhere, written by JMN Jeffries, war correspondent for the Daily Mail from 1914 to 1933.

David’s grandfather, George Carew, was also a correspondent for the Daily Mail, which is perhaps how his story came to be told in the book.

Civic society events organiser Wendy Jeffries says George was a pilot on the Suez Canal and was on the bridge of HMS Hardinge when a shell struck the ship. George was severely wounded but remained at his post as long as he could, giving detailed orders on how to bring the ship to safety in Lake Timsah.

According to the book, George was rewarded by both the British and French governments as at that time the Suez Canal was a joint British and French Company.

He was given the Distinguished Service Cross and the Legion of Honour, France’s highest honour for heroes.

He was later promoted to the rank of captain.

Wendy said: “We have a wonderful collection of postcards he brought home which his grandson has retained which we copied for the exhibition. It’s a story of the Suez Canal and a man who survived to the end of the war and had a fantastic career.”

• See replicas of George’s medals and other memorabilia at the Residents’ Histories of World War 1 commemorative exhibition at St Matthew’s Church, Sutton Bridge, on July 26 (10am to 4pm) and July 27 (noon to 4pm).