Carey, Richard Sandeman


Richard Sandeman Carey was born on 10th October 1919, the son of Major General  George Glas Sandeman Carey (College 1879-1883) of Trotton, Sussex and Amy Charlotte Emily Hoskins Carey, the daughter of Charles Hoskins Master JP, DL of Barrow Green Court, Oxted.   He came to Sergeant’s from Fonthill in September 1933 to join his elder brother, George Charles Carey (G1931-1935).  He was a school prefect and President of Boat Club, won Junior Steeplechase in 1935 and Senior in 1936, played in XVs in 1936 and 1937 and was on Dress for VIs in 1937, playing in one match.  He was second in the Mile in 1937.   He won a Holgate Prize and a Vere Herbert Smith Prize.

He left in July 1938 and went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge and from there was commissioned into the Royal Engineers, after a period at an OCTU.   For nearly a year he was employed on bomb disposal work in England but in March 1941 he was sent out to 1st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, in the Middle East.  His squadron fought with the 7th Armoured Division and afterwards with the 1st.  In October 1942 he was awarded the MC at El Alamein where, in clearing a minefield, “the Scorpion which was leading the lane was knocked out, which necessitated picking up mines by hand.  Lieutenant Carey immediately took charge and started this work under very heavy shell and small arms fire.  Although wounded early on by shrapnel in the thigh and foot, he refused to be evacuated or to receive treatment and continued his task.  Under his guidance a path was cleared through the first minefield, and clearing of the second minefield was begun.   By this officer’s leadership and disregard for his own danger a path was cleared through the “January” minefield, allowing the Armour to pass through.”

He was killed on 27th July 1944 in Italy.  He was advancing with the leading squadron of a Cavalry Regiment in his scout car.  They reached a demolition area and he had driven to a point where he could look at it  through his binoculars, when a German machine gun opened fire at close range, killing him instantly.

He lies in grave III.G.4 of the Assisi War Cemetery.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Carey
  • Forenames or initials: Richard Sandeman
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1933-1938
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Engineers
  • Date of Birth: 10th October 1919
  • Date of Death: 27th July 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A1
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: Assisi War Cemetery: Grave III.G.4