A modest man of courage

Major Rex Samuel Richards Carr MC bar
Major Rex Samuel Richards Carr MC bar
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The funeral took place at Hawstead last Thursday of Military Cross holder Major Rex Carr.

Known locally for his gardening business, he had a 30 year military career.

Rex Carr was born at Stowlangtoft in October 1922 and joined the Suffolk Regiment at the beginning of the war.

In early 1944 he joined the 1st King George V’s Own Gurkha Rifles and served in the vicious and decisive Battle of Kohima in northern India.

It was with the 7th Gurkha Rifles in Malaya in 1953 that he was awarded the Military Cross for ‘courage, brilliant leadership and cool-headed skill’ in silencing a terrorist Bren gun firing on his men. A bar to the medal was awarded in 1955 and the citation described him as ‘an outstanding example to every other officer’. He rarely spoke of either.

He left the army in 1969 and moved to Hawstead with his wife Rosemary. The couple, whose golden wedding would have been on Saturday, have a daughter and two sons. He died at home on August 22.