Douglas Falkland Carey

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The Very Rev Douglas Falkland Carey DSO (1874-1947) was an eminent Anglican priest in the first half of the 20th century. A former Army Chaplain who was ordained in 1900, he was Dean of Guernsey from 1922 until 1931.

Born in Amherst, Ceylon, on the 10 January 1874, the son of Arthur Edward Carey and Marianne Wright.


He was educated at Elizabeth College (1885 - 1889), and at Bedford School (1889 - 1895). He then went to Trinity College Cambridge (1895-1898).


He was ordained in 1900, and became curate of St Matthew's, West Ham, 1899-1901, followed by All Souls, Harlesden 1901-02.

He then joined the armed forces, and was Acting Chaplain to the forces in South Africa, 1902, where he was awarded the Queen’s Medal and 3 clasps. He was then commissioned as Chaplain to the Forces in 1903. Aldershot 1903-04, Gibraltar 1904-09. He became Chaplain at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst 1909-1913.

During World War I, he was Chaplain to the Forces in Jamaica 1914-15. He then joined the British Expenditionary Force in France and Flanders, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), and was mentioned in dispatches twice.

After the War, he became Chaplain at the Royal Military Chapel, Wellington Barracks. During 1921 and 1922, he was Principal Chaplain to the British Troops in Egypt and Palestine.

In 1922, he left the army, and was appointed Dean of Guernsey and Rector of St Peter Port, a position he held until 1931, and was chairman of the Board of Directors of Elizabeth College during this period.[1].


He married Ada Helen dau of Brigade Surgeon JF Barber IMS in Brentford in 1908.

He died in Frinton, Essex on the 2 January 1947.


Douglas Carey was indeed the well-beloved padre. His influence upon the budding leaders of the Army while he was chaplain at Sandhurst was one of those unostentatious but all-important ingredients that go to build up the British Army, so that in its moral standards and fighting qualities it can claim to lead the world on the fields of action.[2]


  1. Drake-Brockman, Br-Gen DH, Elizabeth College Register, Vol II, Guernsey 1931
  2. Banks, Donald, In Memoriam - Douglas F. Carey, Quarterly Review of the Guernsey Society, Spring 1947


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